Watsontown, a borough in Northumberland County, Pa., has resorted to spending an additional $3,700 to rent an electrical bucket truck while it waits for its overdue truck purchase to be delivered by Versa-Lift, which has created some headaches within the city council.
Local newspaper The Daily Item reported that the contract for the truck purchase, which was dated October 2013, was more than $100,000.
According to the minutes from the May 5 borough council meeting, Solicitor Ryan Tira said the purchase contract from the company that sold the Borough, the truck's stated delivery would be 160 to 280 days out.
Borough Manager Edie Moser said previous borough equipment is no longer safe for use during emergencies and for routine maintenance work and called the company to explain how critical the new truck delivery is, but was told it would not be ready until at least July. No penalties for late delivery were specified in the contract, Tira was noted as stating in the meeting minutes.
The Borough Council authorized Moser to spend money up to $3,700 for the monthly rental truck fee, which would most likely be rented from Nesco Rentals.
Utility Fleet has reached out to Moser and Versa-Lift for updates.