WARETOWN, NJ - At this month’s Township Committee meeting, local officials approved the purchase of two new trucks.  Both vehicles are replacements and will be assigned to the Department of Public Works.

The Committee first authorized the purchase of a new Roll Off Truck with a snowplow through the Sourcewell Cooperative for $220,177.60.  Sourcewell is a state cooperative and offers purchasing advantages for acquisitions made by government entities.

“The truck being replaced is a 2001 vehicle,” said Mayor Ken Baulderstone. “It has 173,616 miles on it, and the frame and cab are rusting away.”

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Baulderstone went on to describe the 2001 truck as the “workhorse” of the Department of Public Works.  It is used daily, including during snowstorms and emergency situations.

“During Superstorm Sandy, this truck was instrumental in gaining access into different areas,” Baulderstone shared. “It was used to remove debris from the streets.”

Ocean Township’s governing body also passed a resolution authorizing the purchase of a F-450 Super Duty with a snowplow. This purchase will also be made through Sourcewell Cooperative for $75,414.00.

According to Baulderstone, the new F-450 acquisition replaces a 2007 water and sewer truck, which has 107, 615 miles. It also has heavy rusting to the frame and cab and has been deemed unsafe.

The township has budgeted for the replacement of both vehicles. Therefore, the municipality will not need to secure a bond for either purchase.