LINCOLN, Maine — Municipal workers will have the town’s new street sweeper on the road as soon as possible after they pick it up on Monday, officials said Wednesday.
The Town Council voted 6-0 during a special meeting on Monday to allocate $95,000 for the mechanical street sweeper, a 2007 factory-demonstration model with 5,950 miles and 1,100 hours on it. Councilor Rod Carr was absent.
The sweeper replaces a combination street sweeper-storm drain vacuum model that had been breaking down and in need of replacement for several years, said David Lloyd, the town’s Public Works Department director.
If purchased new, the same model would have cost about $165,000, Town Manager Lisa Goodwin said.
The allocation consists of $30,000 in TIF revenues from the Rollins Mountain industrial wind site and $5,000 from Lincoln Paper and Tissue LLC TIF revenues, plus $60,000 in financing.
The town is seeking bids for the financing contract, Goodwin said.
Councilor Shaun Drinkwater questioned why officials would rather finance the deal than use undesignated reserve funds, and Councilor Michael Ireland questioned the feasibility of buying a combination-model like the one the town already had.
Treasurer Gilberte Mayo said that a cash outlay at this time of year might threaten the town’s ability to meet payroll. Goodwin said the sweeper deal was excellent.
Drinkwater and Ireland were satisfied.
“I think we made the right deal,” Ireland said.
Lloyd said the sweeper would be on the road as soon as he gets it and has it registered and insured.
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