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Board sets strategy for buying new plow

Delaying purchase a few months will help with payments

LOSTANT — The village of Lostant is closing in on a new snowplow truck purchase, but has decided to wait a couple of months before finalizing the deal.

The board has looked at prices and determined that the village will be able to better set aside payments if it is given a couple of additional months.

Some current payments being made by the village are set to expire next year, which Village President Jack Immel said would cover costs of the plow truck if diverted once the funds are made available.

The board determined it made sense to push the purchase back so payments would better coincide with these funds being made available.

Because of its lower price point, courtesy of holding the state of Illinois bid, Landmark Ford in Springfield was the obvious choice to supply the truck.

“It’s pretty hard to beat that state of Illinois bid,” said public works employee Mitch McCaw.

Given the state rate, it was determined that the dealer’s prices are unlikely to change before Lostant places its order.

In other discussion:

• Work on ditching for Second Street required borrowing another $11,077.98, which Immel noted was “the cost of the culverts and labor and gravel.”

• Immel commended the Ladies’ League for its Christmas event in the park. “That was like an old-time Christmas,” he said. “Santa was there, the carriage, the lighting.”

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