For Sale Used Equipment, Contact Mendon
By Michelle Sanford Staff Reporter/Columnist · June 22, 2012
Soon Mendon may be having a yard sale of sorts; a big yard sale. During a June 4 Board of Selectmen's meeting, a discussion surfaced regarding selling a number of unusable town-owned vehicles and equipment.
During the discussion, Police and Fire Chief and Interim Town Coordinator Ernie Horn and Highway Surveyor Alan Tetreault stated to the Board that there was a list of surplus equipment and vehicles around town that could be put out to bid. Horn told the Board an out-of-service ambulance and a 2,000-gallon tanker/pumper could be sold. From the Highway Department, possible items could include an old plow, trailer and an old sedan. The old Senior Center van was also a possibility.
According to Horn, a construction company may want the Fire Department tanker to be used as a water truck. Other businesses may want the other equipment or vehicles for parts or scrap.
When resident and Finance Committee Chair Rich Schofield inquired about an old bus that he was made aware of, Horn replied that particular bus was not town property but was a donation, and therefore could not be included among the surplus of items. Selectmen Mike Ammendolia stated if no bids are received, the items can be "smashed up and taken to the junk yard."
Town officials plan to compile a list of the surplus vehicles and equipment, take photos of them, and then post the information on the town's Web site.
"We'll have a gigantic yard sale," said Horn. Any proceeds would go back into the Town's General Fund.
In other news that evening, Tetreault came before the Board to request a higher pay for his work to pick up deceased animals found on the roads around town. Currently, he receives a $100 a month stipend. He requested that he be paid $300 a month for that service. Tetreault said the deceased animals he picks up are dogs, cats, as well as wild animals and can be decomposed and even diseased from being left out in the elements. "It's pretty nasty," he told the Board. Should the Board approve his additional pay, it would come out of the animal control budget, which has not increased in more than a decade.
When Schofield was asked if the funding could be found in the budget for such an increase, which would total an additional $2,400, Schofield replied it would likely not be a problem.
Tetreault also asked if the new increase could be included into his pay instead of receiving the stipend, which would result in a need to change his job description and alter his salary. As a result, the matter may have to come before a vote at a future Town Meeting.
"I certainly can't blame you for asking for more," said Horn to Tetreault. The Board stated they would take the matter under advisement and get back to Tetreault.