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City purchases utility trucks

The Sylvania City Council made major purchases at Tuesday’s scheduled meeting, including one that was not originally budgeted.
The most expensive purchase the council agreed to make was for a utility line truck and a bucket truck. In total, both trucks will total about $140,000 that was not originally in the budget, but is needed primarily for safety reasons.
“There is a lot of maintenance we need to do to our system, a lot of pole replacement that needs to be done,” said City Manager Stacy Mathis. “We plan on doing that this year, and our current line truck is just not making it.”
The other purchase item on the agenda was approving Mathis to enter into a lease-purchase agreement for a backhoe totaling $47,000. The interest rate on the vehicle was set at 3.71 percent.
The final major purchase of the night was for an upgrade with Caselle’s government accounting software. The council had originally budgeted to switch to new software, but found that continuing its relationship with Caselle to be more financially feasible. The purchase will total $9,462 per year.
Lastly, the council voted to make the two ‘tree trimmer’ positions permanent. The two individuals doing these jobs were previously temporary employees.
The next Sylvania City Council meeting is scheduled for Sept. 15.