News

Backhoes replaced in both Kent and HHS

A comment made by Harrison Coun. John Buckley in regards to a backhoe leasing agreement was taken out of context in story published in last week's Observer.

While Buckley confirmed he did vote against the lease agreement for a 2014 Caterpillar 420F IT backhoe loader, it was not with the hopes that the Village would fix the outdated one.

"It's that leasing is the most expensive option," he clarified. The new machine will cost the Village $143,600 plus tax.

"I'd suggest save the money and buy one next year," he said. "You limp along with what you have. Leasing is not an avenue that you would want to take."

In a timely coincidence, the District of Kent approved the purchase of a a brand new 2014 Catepillar 420F IT Backhoe Loader. With their trade-in allowance for the 2003 machine, their total will be $109,946 plus tax.

The district is not leasing, but purchasing the machine outright with a five year payment plan through the Municipal Financing Authority. Council voted unanimously for the purchase, but Coun. Duane Post did question why they didn't choose a lease.

"We have looked at leasing in the past and usually from a financial perspective it does present a challenge, the costs are higher for leasing," Mick Thiessen answered. "The buyout costs are quite high."

Like the Village's backhoe, Kent's machine would have to be fixed at a cost of about $80,000 to be put into service again.

"Perhaps in the future if we have a machine that's incurring those kind of costs we could deal with it sooner rather than later," Coun. Holger Schwichtenberg suggested.

Both communities use their machines on a daily basis.

news@ahobserver.com

 

 

 

 

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Hunters protest shift favouring non-residents
 
NDP blasts lottery corporation spending
 
Community generosity overflows the food bank in District of Kent
Growing pains for police investigation unit
 
Lack of addiction treatment flagged by crime panel
 
Surrey boy, 3, struck and abandoned
Door-to-door mail service being eliminated in Mission
 
Large tree taken down in 7 hours
 
Mission business donates hundreds of toys to Christmas Bureau

Community Events, December 2014

Add an Event


Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Dec 18 edition online now. Browse the archives.