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City Buys $342,000 of Public Works Equipment

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — New gear will help city workers keep streets clear come next winter.

The New Brunswick City Council approved this week two agreements that cement the purchase of $342,000 in trucking and snow-removal gear for its public works department. They’ll replace two trucks from the early 1990s, city spokesperson Jennifer Bradshaw told TAPinto New Brunswick.

“We are going to end up with two trucks that are going to be fully outfitted with plows and spreaders,” she said.

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One contract calls for the city to pay nearly $194,000 to Campbell Freightliner of Monroe. In return, the public works department will receive two Freightliner trucks, according to the resolution.

A second agreement requires New Brunswick to shell out no more than $148,000 to a Farmingdale-based company named Trius. That covers the purchase of two dump bodies—the storage component of dump trucks—along with two snowplows and two spreaders for combating ice on roadways.

The beefed-up vehicles will take the place of city-owned dump trucks manufactured by International in 1991 and 1993, Bradshaw said.

Money for the gear will come from the city’s 2017 municipal budget, according to the resolutions. City officials said they plan to introduce the spending plan next month.

The city bought the items through the Educational Services Commission of New Jersey, a state-approved cooperative that aims to secure better deals for its members through bulk purchasing. The entity was once known as the Middlesex Regional Educational Services Commission—and, despite its name, serves both school districts and other local governments.

“Their pricing is such that we can purchase from a state contract, if you will, through this cooperative,” City Administrator Thomas Loughlin III said at the March 15 meeting, “as opposed to buying through a contract through the state of New Jersey.”

New Brunswick didn’t need to go through its own bidding process to secure the equipment, he said.

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