Wilton: Repair or replace town equipment?

  • Select Board Chair Kermit Williams discusses repairs to a Highway Department loader with the board on Monday. Staff photo by ashley saari

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 8/31/2016 6:22:22 PM

The need for an expensive repair to a town loader that was nearly ready for replacement placed the Select Board in a catch-22 position – sell it and take a major hit on the resale value, or put money into it to see if they will be able to make up the cost by keeping the machine longer than anticipated.

Department of Public Works Director Steve Elliott told the board that a major mechanical malfunction with the town’s 2003 loader could cost upwards of $25,000 to fix. That’s a hefty price tag for a repair to a machine that the town was hoping to replace within a year. But not addressing the issue would leave the town without one of the pieces equipment most used by the Highway Department.

The board discussed the issue during its Monday meeting with Elliott, and ultimately came to the conclusion that it would be better to effect the repair, and attempt to extend the life of the machine by at least two to four years.

“If that’s what you want to do, I’m more than agreeable to that plan,” said Elliott.

The board asked Elliott if there was funds available within his budget to cover the cost. Elliott said he had approximately enough within his line item for overtime, which is usually used in the winter months to cover plowing. Most of that is usually used in the spring, said Elliott, but due to the unusually light snowfall last year, little of it was touched.

The Select Board meets in the town offices on Mondays at 6:30 p.m.

In other Select Board news:

Per a request from the Main Street Association, the Select Board approved a request to close off Main Street for about a half hour period for the “Teddy Bear Parade” on Sept. 10.

 The parade will start at behind the Police station and proceed down Main Street and include floats to ferry the bears, with balloons, bubbles, music and teddy bear themed refreshments.

The event will be from 10 a.m. to noon. Contact 654-2186 to register. This event is free. 

The town office will be closed on Monday in observance of Labor Day.


Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT. 


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