The Thomaston Select Board approved ordering a new truck for Public Works.

The board approved this Tuesday, Jan. 24 at its regular meeting. The meeting had been scheduled for Monday, Jan. 23 and was rescheduled due to weather.

The truck, requested by Public Works Director Brandon Allen, is a 2023 Chevrolet Silverado MD, also called the Chevrolet 6500. It is a four-wheel drive work vehicle being ordered from Quirk Commercial Trucks in Quincy, Massachusetts.

Board member Peter Lammert clarified this was a work truck which will also be able to plow, not a plow truck.

Allen told the board he did extensive research on the truck, including consulting with other municipalities about their trucks and consulting with Thomaston Public Works employees.

The suggested retail price for the truck, according to the invoice provided to the town, is $73,181.64. This includes a base cost of $58,905, $12,455 in options, plus $26.64 in tire weight tax and a $1,795 destination charge.

The cost to the town will be less than that, however. The invoice said the town will pay a total of $68,762.02, though Allen said in a Jan. 25 email the actual price could be less.

The invoice for the vehicle includes a base cost of $55,606.33 and $11,334.05 in options. The tire weight tax and destination charge remain the same.

The funds for the purchase of the truck will come from the Public Works reserve account.

Town Manager Kara George said once the board approved the purchase, she would add the town to the list to order the truck. George said it would likely be a year at least before the town had the vehicle.

Allen said once the town owns the truck, it will need to be outfitted. This means adding the correct equipment, including the plow. This work will likely happen in the fall, Allen said.

Viking Cives in Lewiston will complete this work. An estimate from Viking Cives came to $79,750.

Allen said the truck should be ready for the 2023-2024 winter season.

In other business, the board renewed the septic waste disposal facility agreement with Interstate Septic Systems in Rockland.

The yearly fee for this agreement is $2,300, which is the same as it was in 2022.

Lammert thanked Andrew Harris, the facility operator, for keeping the fee the same this year.

The board authorized a field day event for Ham Radio Operators of Knox County Emergency Management. This event will be Saturday, Jan. 28 at the Thomaston Green.

The email from Candice Richard, Director of the Knox County Emergency Management Agency, to the town said the agency would set up its communications trailer at the site and make contact with other radio operators around the world.

A recording of the Thomaston Select Board meeting can be viewed at: townhallstreams.com/towns/thomaston_me.