ESSEX, CT— The town of Essex will purchase a used catch basin vacuum cleaner truck from a Newington company that currently rents the equipment to area towns for annual cleaning of roadside catch basins.
Voters at a town meeting last week approved spending up to $39,000 to buy the truck from the Acorn/Thompson Company. The approval came on a 12-5 vote, with some residents questioning the purchase of used equipment. The expenditure had been previously approved by the board of selectmen and board of finance. Before the town meeting vote, First Selectman Norman Needleman agreed to have a group of residents, including an experienced mechanic, inspect the equipment at the company headquarters in Newington.
Needleman said Tuesday the group had inspected the equipment last weekend, and provided a written report that supported the purchase. Needleman said owning the catch basin cleaner would “save us money with a very quick payback,” and give the town highway crew more time to work on the catch basins.
Needleman said the town currently rents the truck from the company for two weeks each year at a cost of $6,000. He said the company is going out of business, and selling much of its equipment. Needleman said annual cleaning of storm water catch basins to remove debris is required to insure proper drainage and prevent ponding and flooding of storm water on town roads.
Needleman said the actual cost of acquiring the equipment would be $33,000, with $6,000 deducted from the $39,000 purchase price for the town’s rental of the equipment last year.