EAST LIVERPOOL - City council will be asked to approve an additional $9,000 toward the cost of a new dump truck for the water department at the request of the Board of Public Utilities.
The board was advised Thursday by Utilities Director Bob Disch that an error was made in preparing legislation for the purchase, with a $9,000 trade in of an old truck included which the vendor has since said was a mistake.
Council had already approved an ordinance to purchase the truck for $69,000, but Disch said that, unless the board believes it can trade in the truck for that amount, council will have to be asked to increase the amount to $78,000. He said the truck could be used by other departments when necessary.
"That's a sizable mistake," board member Fred Rayl complained.
Nonetheless, the board agreed to ask council for the increase.
Disch reported on vacancies expected in the water department office, saying one of the clerk's positions will be filled by an employee from the Refuse and Recycling Department who bid into it.
The other position will be filled from an eligibility list that will result from a Civil Service Commission test to be given Nov. 6, with Disch saying he has been told 160 people have indicated they will be taking the test thus far.
The resignation of chief wastewater Operator Jeff Cameron was also submitted, effective Nov. 29. He is retiring, and Disch said sewage Superintendent Bob Wright is in the process of filling the position as per the union contract.
Reports were given on other pending projects, including a water line and forced main in East End that are nearly complete. However, it was reported a new valve installed by the contractor is not working and must be replaced.
Although the contractor will incur the cost of the replacement, Clark said, "What we will incur is inconvenience to our customers," saying there will most likely be a brief water outage next Tuesday or Wednesday.