TWINSBURG TWP. — The township soon will add a new utility/bucket truck to its fleet of vehicles after trustees approved a lease with option to purchase at their July 17 meeting.

The 2020 Ford F550 will be leased from Utility Truck Equipment Inc. through the state of Ohio cooperative purchasing program. The township will pay $11,907 as a deposit this year, and then five annual payments of about $23,700 for a total lease price of $130,316.

Township administrator Rob Kagler said the township recently sold a 2009 F550 chassis and utility bed on govdeals.com for $34,050. The truck had been driven only 24,000 miles.

"The 2009 truck was purchased new for $43,740 so we got a really good return on a 10-year-old vehicle," he said. "We’ve had good luck selling surplus equipment on govdeals.com.

"I think the reason people have a lot of interest in our vehicles is that we do a good job keeping them in tip-top shape. We sold a dump truck last year on govdeals.com and got a good response."

OTHER BUSINESS

Kagler told trustees the Marwell Estates Phases 2-4 and Heights Phases 11-13 road improvements are essentially complete, and the township will make final payments as soon as any problems are addressed by the contractors.

"If any residents have concerns about the work that was done, let us know so we can pass them on to the contractors," he said.

Trustees approved amending contracts for the above projects. A change order for Marwell Phase II will result in a net decrease of $13,800 in the contract with M. Campbell Contracting, while one for Marwell Phases 3-4 will result in a net decrease of $3,415 to Tri-Mor Corp.’s contract.

Because of additional curb replacements, Kagler explained the township will pay $18,860 over the original contract amount to Fabrizi Trucking for Heights Phases 11-13.

Kagler reported state grant agreements have been received for Heights Phases 14-15, and he said he will bring a timetable for that work to trustees in the near future.

He said applications for grant funds have been submitted to the state for Heights Phases 16-17 and Kensington-Ridgetop Phase 2. "We should know whether we get money for Phases 16-17 by next March or May," he noted.

Kagler said the township’s 2019 road resurfacing program is under way, and explained he is working on a survey so residents can let officials know what types of youth and adult activities they would like to see the township offer.

Trustees added Home Savings Bank to their list of possible depositories for township funds, and OK’d a request from Penny Lane and Joseph Moore to use the Township Square for a wedding Aug. 31 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Township meetings coming up in August include the board of zoning appeals and zoning commission, both Aug. 13, and the trustees’ regular meeting Aug. 21.

Reporter Ken Lahmers can be reached at 330-541-9400, ext. 4189 or klahmers@recordpub.com.