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Winchester Town Board approves patrol truck purchase

April 17, 2020 by Brian Jopek

The Winchester Town Board, meeting in special session Friday, March 6, gave final approval to bids for a new patrol truck. 

Town officials have been told truck, a 2020 Peterbilt 348 with a single rear axle, will be ready “by the time the snow flies” this fall.

It will replace a 2010 Peterbilt the town already has interested buyers for and, according town clerk Joan Wainio, expects to get in the neighborhood of $40,000 to $50,000. 

The price for the chassis/cab, from JX Truck Center in Kronenwetter, is $98,141.50. 

The chassis/cab will be ready to go in eight weeks and then it will be taken to Casper’s Truck Equipment in Appleton where the dump box, plow and other equipment will be added. 

The total bid from Casper’s to outfit the truck was $84,897 bringing the total, overall cost to $183,038.50.

Wainio said what the town gets for the 2010 Peterbilt will be put against the purchase of the new patrol truck. 

Winchester voters last fall approved borrowing up to $350,000 to purchase the truck and to put the rest toward the purchase of a new tanker for the fire department.

The loan will be from the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands State Trust Fund. 

“We’re way under our debt limit,” Wainio said.

She indicated the loan was, for the most part, a “done deal,” but the town should hear something final on it sometime next month. 

Brian Jopek may be reached via email at [email protected]



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