Lycoming County Water Sewer Authority approves purchase of vehicles

The Lycoming County Water and Sewer Authority board approved the purchase of three new Ford vehicles totaling about $131,000 Wednesday evening.

The three vehicles are 2019 models and include a Ford Escape for $24,497 and two Ford F-350s, one with a plow set-up for $55,997 and one without for $50,597.

The cost of the Escape will be partially offset by the sale of a 2013 truck for $16,550, added Sylvia Lukpetris, the authority’s finance director.

Purchasing the two trucks to replace current vehicles has been in the plans for some time, however the authority initially considered purchasing one F-350 and one F-250, both with plow packages. However, the F-250 cost including the plow package came in at $47,897 — less than $3,000 under the price of an F-350 without the package, said Christine Weigle, executive director.

In addition, the staff vehicle team determined outfitting both trucks with plows was unnecessary, she said.

The current trucks can be sold on Municibid, a website that allows public entities to auction off items to interested buyers. Whether they decide to sell them or not, the vehicles will be used as back-ups until that point.

In another matter, the board approved its 2019 officers: Paul Wentzler remains chairman, Victor Marquardt is vice-chair, Donald Konkle Jr. is secretary, Michael Philbin is treasurer and William Henry is assistant treasurer.

As is tradition, Weigle will fill the role of assistant secretary, said Charles Hall, boardmember and head of the nominating committee.

The next meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 6 in the authority building, 380 Old Cement Road, Montoursville.