Roscoe is buying a aerial bucket truck in 2023 for $153,857


Besides pickup trucks (shown here) and snow plows, the Village of Roscoe Public Works department needs other vehicles.

Roscoe trustees approved the purchase of a 2023 International Versalift aerial lift truck at the Oct. 4 Village meeting. The vote was 4-2, with trustees Carol Gustafson and Sue Petty voting against the purchase. The acquisition is under the terms of the Village’s master agreement with Enterprise Fleet Management. The quoted price is $153,857.40.

The truck will be used by the Public Works department for trimming trees, repairing and installing lights and putting up Christmas decorations.

Trustee Petty said Rockton uses Alliant Energy’s trucks, which might be an option instead of a new truck. Other suggestions were to rent a bucket truck when needed.

Trustee Justin Plock said using a rented truck for 20 days per year would cost the Village approximately $309,580 per year.

“The old equipment is not safe,” Trustee Dunn said. “If we had the ability to use the truck for other purposes, I strongly recommend that we buy it.”

Trustees unanimously approved a resolution to go forward with specifications and requests for residential waste hauling. In the proposal, the Village would have the options of every other week pick-up of yard waste. Billing would be handled by the waste management company, not the Village.

All risk, responsibilities, fees and extra charges are to be listed on an iron-clad contract.

Two companies have submitted bids.

LED lights will be going up around the roofline at Village Hall and the Police Station. Trustees approved the purchase 5-1, with Gustafson dissenting, saying the lights aren’t needed.

Under new business, trustee Gustafson discussed the lack of mailboxes at each house in Denali Heights. She suggested residents use a vehicle, such as a golf cart or riding lawnmower, to pick up mail at a central mail box. Village Attorney Josef Kurlinkus suggested getting opinions from residents.

Trustees were concerned about two serious automobile crashes on Love Road recently. Justin Plock suggested putting rumble strips on the road or flashing stop signs.

Human Resource director Anne Hanson gave a report on the upcoming Village's "Truck or TreatHalloween event, Oct. 22, at Porter Park, 6545 Windflower Lane. Hanson said there will be events and activities inside and outside. Kids can “touch a truck” and explore and sit in Public Works vehicles. Food trucks will be on the premises.

Each child will receive candy, prizes and goody bags. Activities include games and decorating pumpkins.

Only one item was covered during the Committee of the Whole portion of the meeting. Trustees were asked to approve the purchase of a 2023 Nissan Rogue by the end of the year. 

The vehicle will be used by Code Enforcement officer Vic Wilder. The quoted price for the vehicle is $28,929.32.

All trustees approved the request which will be presented at the next Village Board meeting.

The Village of Roscoe meetings are held the first and third Tuesdays of each month beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The next meeting is scheduled for Oct. 18, 2022. Residents are invited to attend in person or virtually.

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