By ALYSE THOMPSON
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
PALMYRA, Mo. -- Three new trucks outfitted with snow plows will join the Marion County Highway Department's fleet after the Marion County Commission approved purchasing them at its regular meeting Monday.
This is the first time in six years the highway department has seen new vehicles, which are expected to arrive in November in time for winter weather, Presiding Commissioner Lyndon Bode said.
"We're really pleased to purchase them," he said.
The commission opened on Monday a $391,230 total bid from Palmyra's Midway Freightliner, Inc. -- the only bid -- and unanimously accepted it. The commission is considering pursuing either a three-year or four-year leasing program to buy the trucks, but Bode said the commission will likely decide on the lease terms next month after reviewing finances.
Bode also noted that the trucks, though made by Midway Freightliner, will feature beds made by Quincy's Knapheide Manufacturing. He added the commission was pleased to keep the purchase local.
The new vehicles will replace three that are more than a decade old: a 2003 Sterling truck with 310,000 miles on it, a 2003 Sterling truck with 290,000 miles and a 2001 GMC truck with 270,000 miles. Bode said the Sterling with 290,000 miles had its engine go out, and the repairs would have amounted to more than the truck's worth. The Marion County Highway Department has eight vehicles it uses on a regular basis.
Howard Lovelace, Marion County Highway Department supervisor, echoed Bode on the upcoming purchase.
"I'm very pleased and just tickled to death we're going to have some dependable transportation this winter when the snow flies," he said.