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Posted on Wed, Jan 11, 2012 : 10:01 a.m.

Pittsfield Township purchases new excavator and pickup trucks

By Danny Shaw

Two pickup trucks and a mini excavator will be added to the fleet of Pittsfield Township’s maintenance vehicles after Wednesday’s brief Board of Trustees meeting.

The mini excavator, a Caterpillar 308DCRSB purchased from Michigan Cat, will cost the township $110,095 and was passed unanimously.

According to Craig Lyon, director of utilities and municipal services, the purchase will help in the transition away from the use of outside contractors for repairs like water and sewer main breaks.

Lyon also said the mini excavator will cause less damage to the surrounding property when needed for repairs.

“This is a track machine so it’s more maneuverable than rubber tire excavators that tend to rip up the ground,” he said. “So it causes less damage to, say, someone’s yard and doesn’t break the concrete.”

The board also approved the purchase of two pickup trucks, a 2011 Ford Ranger for $19,975 and a 2012 Ford F250 for $22,238. The Ford Ranger was purchased with the Department of Building Services capital outlay fund.

The F250 will be outfitted with a snowplow costing an additional $3,988 for a total of $26,226. The set was purchased with the Parks and Recreation Acquisition and Development Millage.

Both vehicles are to replace older models in the Parks & Recreation Department and Department of Building Services fleet. The board passed the purchases unanimously.