By Evan Johnson
KILLINGTON—Killington Highways and Facilities Director Chet Hagenbarth said his department has a plan to replace two new dump trucks as planned in the 2018 capital budget.
At the March 21 Select Board meeting, Hagenbarth presented his plan to replace a 2011 International single axle (called K3) and a 2010 International single axle (K4).
Hagenbarth said both of these trucks have lower mileage and have needed more repairs than other trucks in the department fleet. The K3 truck was out of commission for one to two months per year for three consecutive years with four-wheel drive breakdowns and exhaust issues. A 2007 Mack single axle truck kept as a spare will remain, due to its better repair history.
The K3 truck will be replaced by a new Mack GU 713, which is a direct copy of a similar truck purchased by the town in 2015.
The pricing for the Mack is $190,000, the same as that bought in 2015. The town will get a reduction to $185,850 as the department does not need to buy a new plow. The trade-in value for the K3 truck is $35,000, bringing the total price to $149,850. This will be financed with annual payments of $30,232 at 3.5 percent interest for five years.
The department received proposals from three dealers and plans to purchase the truck from Sheldon Trucks in Williston, Vt.
The K4 truck will be replaced by a new Freightliner M2 106 4×4 truck that features a slightly larger wing. Hagenbarth also said the new truck will be better suited for hauling sand for the town and its smaller size would make it more maneuverable on narrower roads.
The department plans to purchase the truck from Patriot Truck Sales in Westminster.
The price for the Freightliner is $152,290 with a $30,000 trade-in value for the K4 truck, bringing the total purchase price to $122,290. This will be financed with annual payments of $24,672 at 3.5 percent interest for five years.