New Ipswich DPW Director Peter Goewey says new vehicles are needed

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 12/1/2021 12:36:26 PM

Director of Pubic Works Peter Goewey hopes to include at least two new vehicles in the upcoming budget.

“We knew these things were coming down the road,” said Selectman Bert Hamill at Tuesday night’s meeting. “Peter’s been warning us for five years.”

Goewey said after 12 years of road improvements, specifically Collins and Hubbard Pond roads last year, his department has worn out the decade-old vehicles. He said he needs a new one-ton truck with sanding and plowing capabilities at an estimated $140,000, a backhoe for an estimated $150,000 and a grader for an estimated $200,000. The town also needs to pay off $290,000 on a backhoe it bought last year that is supposed to be delivered this week.

“By the time the dust settles, you’re into $650,000,” calculated interim board Chairman Jason Somero.

“We’ve deferred these purchases for years, and we can pay for it now or we can pay for it later,” said Hamill.

Goewey, who was hired more than a decade ago, is concerned he will run into trouble if any of his trucks need repairs this winter because parts are difficult to come by with manufacturing and shipping issues.

“We are getting back to the point where is was when I first got here,” he said.

The current grader will be 20 years old next year, and Goewey said a new one would be able to pull out any of his other trucks that might get stuck in the winter.

“If we can’t pull it out, it’s 400 bucks for a wrecker call,” he said.

Goewey pointed to the increase in sand costs from $67 to $77 a ton and said the town will take a break from roadwork, with the exceptions of maintaining Timbertop and Hubbard Pond roads. 

“We won’t be able to do any new roads next year,” said Goewey.

Goewey said if he had to prioritize, he hopes to budget for purchasing the new one- ton and backhoe.

“The years of buying trucks with 20 years on them is over,” he said. “The things don’t last as long as they used to. I had two motors go out just last year.”

“Maybe we ought to go all electric,” said Hamill.

“Don’t be surprised,” said Goewey. “We’ll probably see that in the next five years.”


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