NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – The Department of Public Works (DPW) will soon have a new fleet of trucks and other equipment as the Borough Council approved some big purchases at its Monday, June 27 meeting.

The borough will purchase a pick-up truck for $38,500 and two mason dump trucks for approximately $60,000 each. Additionally the DPW will get asphalt patching equipment for $45,000 and a road crack sealer for approximately $42,000. All equipment purchases were included in the 2016 capital budget.

Councilman Robert Robinson noted that $200,000 for new equipment is “a staggering number”. He asked the Borough Administrator Doug Marvin to explain the life cycle of these items.

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Marvin explained that with these purchases the borough is completing the renewal cycle of its entire equipment fleet, except for one truck, for the next 6-7 years. The DPW vehicle cycle is approximately 10 years while fire trucks last longer, 20-25 years, he explained. On the other hand the police cars have a life span of only 2-3 years.

“There is a plan each year” to replace old cars, trucks and other equipment. Next year we plan to retire a 10 year old pick-up truck, Marvin said. The borough also has a plan to replace 2-3 police vehicles each year. Marvin explained that the ambulances are “used conservatively” and therefore they are replaced less frequently, every 15-20 years. The cost for an ambulance is $150,000-200,000.

The council also approved funds ($6,000) for the sewer camera repairs.  The camera is “critical to our operations,” Marvin said. The repairs are needed due to normal wear and tear, the camera was not damaged in an accident, he added. A new sewer camera would cost approximately $60,000. Councilman Armand Galluccio noted that although the camera is used in joint operations with Summit, only New Providence personnel handle the camera.

Additionally the council approved a resolution to award a contract to the lowest bidder, K and D Contractors, LLC, to conduct bathroom renovations at both the Municipal and the DeCorso Centers. The bathroom renovation cost is estimated to total $127,300.00.