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GI looking to purchase new Aerial Truck for Utilities Dept.

Grand Island City Council will vote to approve the purchase of a new Aerial Truck for the...
Grand Island City Council will vote to approve the purchase of a new Aerial Truck for the Utilities Department.(City of Grand Island)
Published: Jan. 24, 2022 at 10:22 AM CST
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - The Grand Island City Council is looking to buy a 2023 Aerial Truck for the Utilities Department for more than $200,000.

Council members are expected to vote at Tuesday’s meeting to approve the purchase.

The Electric Overhead Division of the Utilities Department currently has a 2013 Ford F550 with a 42-foot articulating aerial device. It approximately 58,000 miles and 8200 hours which is equivalent to approximately 260,000 miles on the engine and power transmission equipment. It is heavily used for all after hours calls and daily service repairs.

Utilities Director Tim Luchsinger said in a memo to the council that this vehicle is in need of replacement due to a variety of potentially costly maintenance issues. Some of those recurring issues are with the main PTO pump, inside wiring and hydraulic reservoir.

If the purchase is approved, the city will be getting a 2023 Ford F550 with a 41-foot articulating aerial device from Altec Industries Inc., of St. Joseph, Missouri, in the amount of $224,218.

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