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Orange OKs cruiser, truck at meeting

ORANGE — Tuesday night’s conclusion of the annual town meeting had voters approve the purchase of a number of vehicles and equipment necessary to the town in the amount of $299,538.

The proposed purchases were a part of Capitol Improvement article 17 on the warrant. Selectman David B. Ames proposed an amendment that would break the article up into three separate votes as the money to purchase would be divided that way as well.

The first vote was to purchase a new cruiser for the Police Department at $33,000 and a used dump truck with accessories at $10,500 for the Department of Public Works. Voters unanimously approved both. The $43,500 total will be taken out of the town’s free cash.

As part of the second vote, $51,793 was requested for a Bobcat Skid Steer Loader. The Bobcat, to primarily be used by the Sanitation Department, was also approved unanimously. The funds to cover its cost will be taken from the town’s Transfer Station Window Sticker Account.

The last of the requested purchases under Article 17 were for cardiac monitors for the Fire Department at a cost of $55,000. A top-rated priority for the Capitol Improvement Planning Committee as stated by Ames, who is also the chair for the CIPB. The vote additionally included the purchase of a $117,000 F550 truck for the Public Works Department and a $32,245 John Deere Utility Tractor. The money for these items were proposed to be borrowed by the town, requiring a two-thirds majority in favor. The voters approved the $204,245 in purchases by the required number, but the vote was not unanimous.

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