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FT purchasing new equipment
Franklin Township will purchase a new backhoe using federal dollars.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) sent the township more than $50,000 to repay clean-up expenses incurred after a windstorm last Sept. 14 as a result of Hurricane Ike.
That money may only be used for certain purchases, but a backhoe would qualify, explained Jim Stevens, street department manager.
Backhoes cost about $90,000, but through the state-bid system, the price would be half that, said Trustee Tim Guyton.
Trustees will place the current 1984 backhoe in front of the township offices and collect sealed bids from any parties interested in purchasing it.
The backhoe will join three retired police vehicles for which the township also seeks sealed bids – two 2003 Crown Victorias and one 1997 Jeep Cherokee.
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