Holcomb council OK's trash truck purchase





Three months after approving the purchase of a new trash truck, the Holcomb City Council decided Wednesday night how to finance the purchase.

Last April, the council accepted a bid of $137,928 from Maupin's of Dodge City to buy the new truck.

After receiving two quotes for financing the purchase, the council decided to accept the quote of Kansas State Bank (Baystone) of Manhattan to pay for the purchase over a five-year period at an annual interest rate of 2.46 percent.

The truck's anticipated delivery date is July 31 with the first payment scheduled for July 2014.

Holcomb also received a quote from First Bank of Sterling for a three-year lease-purchase at a 2.7 percent interest rate.

In other business:

* Fire Chief Bill Knight reported this year's Fourth of July was the quietest year for fire calls since the total county-wide ban in 2010 recorded two calls. Knight said there was one call on the Fourth this year, and three calls attributed to fireworks from June 27 to July 5, which included a grass fire and two Dumpster fires.

"We spent a lot of time on public education and safety. You've seen the flyers and posters all around town, and with the police department and fire department handing them out, it had to make a little bit of an impact," he said.

* The council approved an updated pay scale for the maintenance department that covers three years of increases for four categories of workers, including entry-level maintenance, maintenance worker I, maintenance worker II, and the maintenance superintendent. The council updated job descriptions for each position two weeks ago.

Moving from one job type to another will require meeting certain certifications obtained from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, and the pay steps will only be implemented if the city has sufficient funds available and an employee receives a favorable performance review.

Mayor Gary Newman said the council is in the process of reviewing the job descriptions and pay scales of all city departments.

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