OTTAWA — Ottawa Village Council voted to spend $59,050.10 to replace two city works pick-ups with two 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD pick-ups from Ottawa Chevrolet during its Monday meeting.
It will take six to eight weeks for the trucks to arrive in the village, said Ottawa Chevrolet sales and leasing representative Mike Limbaugh.
One of the two trucks being replaced is a 2005 4X4 half-ton pick-up with over 103,000 miles on the odometer and an old street sign being used as a floor board because the driver side floor decayed away. Ken Siefker, maintenance coordinator for the Village of Ottawa, said he was working on the truck one day when he noticed a section of the floor mat was setting lower on the floor then the rest.
“I lifted up the floor mat and saw road underneath,” he said. “When they (village vehicles) get over ten years they have lots of problems.”
Siefker’s job is to make certain the eight village vehicles — five pick-ups, a Chevrolet Trailblazer, an equipment truck and a one-and-a-half-ton dump truck — keep running. He does all of the maintenance — breaks, oil changes, air filter replacement — and if he runs into something he can’t fix, the vehicles go to a local garage to be fixed, he said.
The Truck Replacement Plan, which is used to replace village vehicles, draws money from income tax, water distribution fund, waste water collection, water collection, water treatment and wastewater treatment funds because the trucks will be shared between public works and utilities, said Jack Williams, Ottawa municipal director. The two pick-up trucks being replaced will be put up for sale at the Putnam County Auction, Williams said.
The three-quarter-ton trucks are used to haul heavy equipment like generators to different public works and utilities projects, he said.
Reach Bryan Reynolds at 567-242-0362.