Salem’s new lift

From left, Salem Utilities Assistant Superintendent Matt Hoopes, city Service/Safety Director Ken Kenst, city electrician Mike Bibbee and Mayor John Berlin show off the city’s new 2014 Ford F-550 Super Duty bucket truck for the Electrical Division, which includes a bi-fold boom, small crane, spot light and other safety features. The total cost was $105,820, with the utilities department paying $35,949 of the cost and the rest covered through the city’s capital improvement fund. The truck was ordered a year ago through state purchasing from Utility Trucking Company in Circleville. The Utilities Commission had agreed last year to pay a portion of the cost since the city electrician spends half his time on utility projects, with 25 percent of that time in the bucket truck. The city plans to keep the old truck, a 1993 Ford F-450 Super Duty bucket truck, for the street department for small projects. (Salem News photo by Mary Ann Greier)