After a year of questions, some confusion and “miscommunication” in between town officials, the Henniker highway garage is resuming with brand-new and refurbished equipment and trucks. A fire destroyed the garage and its whole snow raking fleet, including 5 trucks and a grader in January 2015. Just two pickup and a front-end loader parked outside were spared. “It is a great feeling to have the team back in their own garage with all of our own devices,” Henniker Town Administrator Chris Trovato wrote in an email. “It has been a difficult year for the town and especially the highway team.” In celebration of the center’s opening, the town is inviting the public to visit the structure and see the new devices today from 1 to 3 p.m. The replaced devices includes two new 10-wheel trucks, a brand-new grader and a used 6-wheel truck. In addition, two trucks were efficiently restored by the town utilizing a mix of salvaged products from the other broken trucks and new materials bought from Freightliner. Having this work performed in house saved the town about $30,000, Trovato stated. There was confusion among town authorities over the summer season after 3 of the most severely damaged trucks were sold as scrap for $500. The sale was made after salvageable parts were eliminated from the trucks, Trovato said. However in July, members of the Henniker Truck Committee estimated the value of the trucks to be closer to $10,000 or $20,000. Residents questioned how the decision to sell the trucks as scrap was made when the committee had placed a higher value on them. The town had actually currently invested $10,000 to buy the five trucks from the insurance coverage company. Trovato has considering that taken responsibility for the error, and stated the trucks should have been sent out to auction or sold through a bidding procedure. “This error falls on me as I knew much better, however hurried to make a choice to get the trucks out of the method so we could begin design,” she wrote. “Silly mistake on my part, and I.
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NORTH KINGSTOWN, RI– Ocean State Task Lot revealed that it is putting its growth plans on hold in response to the enhancing probability that state lawmakers will pass bills to toll large trucks on state highways. In a declaration issued Saturday morning, the company’s executive director, David Sarlitto, stated that a plan to develop a brand-new 500,000 square foot distribution center is on hold and “pending testimonial and conversation with the state relating to business practices.” Job Lot, which owns a fleet of tractor trailers to shuttle tons of product between its discount stores throughout New England, is one of several companies in Rhode Island that operates a fleet of tractor trailers and has complained loudly about the proposed truck toll plan, which is due for votes in the House and Senate next week. The company CEO, Marc Perlman, informed members of your house Financing Committee on Friday that Task Lot would end up facing $1 million in toll costs if the RhodeWorks legislation is authorized. He informed lawmakers that the business’s fleet of trucks does 16,000 truck journeys in and out of its distribution center in Quonset and 3rd parties provide 7,000 trucks in and out. The RhodeWorks legislation, in its current form, would top the tolls at $20 in one instructions with a $40 daily limitation. In contrast, Perlman said, the expense of all toll costs for the company throughout Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New york city and New Jersey totaled just $160,000. “The Rhode Island toll structure is simply out of percentage with our neighboring states,” Perlman said. An earlier version of the strategy consisted of a proposed 70 percent discount for Rhode Island-based trucking companies but questions about its legality triggered it to be nixed from the present RhodeWorks proposal. Perlman stated that the rebate would have made the expense of tolls “manageable.” The 500,000 square foot warehouse, which would have required a $50 million financial investment to develop, would be th …
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