FAIRFIELD TOWNSHIP - Trustees want more information but also want to purchase a new half-ton pickup before year end.
At Thursday's meeting, Road Supervisor Melvin Miller said he obtained estimates from three local dealers for Chevy, Dodge and Ford 4-wheel drive trucks with extended cabs and gasoline engines.
He said diesel engines were about $9,000 more from each manufacturer.
The truck will replace the 1994 pickup that has over 150,000 miles on it.
Miller priced out a Ford F-150 supercab for $28,483, a Dodge long-bed for $33,670 and a 2012 Chevy 4X4 for $26,967. He said the truck will have a "plain Jane" interior and he had no specific color in mind.
Trustee Barry Minor asked about the state co-op purchasing program and Miller said it was a "maybe" by the first of the year. He felt the prices would probably hold on two trucks, but not on the Chevy.
Sealed bids were discussed and Trustee Chairman Bob Hum suggested doing more research on the Chevy since it was had the lowest price.
"It's nice that they're all local dealers," Hum said.
Trustee Carl Garwood said, "I would be inclined to think you need a price with a trade in" and Hum said, "Get it both ways and let's get it bought."
Miner said, "I would say it would be in our best interest and their best interest ..." and trustees approve authorization for Miller to get a price not to exceed $28,000 on the 2012 Chevy and see what the trade-in price is.
Miller said he took the new department employee Nathan Good on a tour of the township roads and inspected, repaired and replaced missing or damaged road signs while doing it.
Miner asked about records that are kept for the signs and Miller it is documented every month. He said the department also finished shoulder work on Beeson Mill Road.
Miller said he had a request from the city of Columbiana to put a street name sign on West Duquesne at Lower Elkton Road but Hum said Duquesne was a private road and Miller said it had something to do with 911.
"If Columbiana wants to buy the sign, I have no problem with putting it up," Miner said.
Also in other business, Miner said there will be a change to the recycling program next year.
"You no longer have to separate-out the materials," he explained. "So the bins we have will no longer need to be separated ... glass, can's, paper can all go together."
Hum wondered about the bins not having baffles to separate recyclables and them dumping them into the same truck.
In other business, trustees said they would make a decision on the property insurance policy at the Dec. 19 meeting.
Also, trustees set a public hearing on zoning rule changes for 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19, just after the township meeting which is the next time trustees will meet.
Trustees will also hold a special meeting at noon on Friday, Dec. 28 and the first meeting in 2013 was moved to Jan. 7.
Larry Shields can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org