Pulaski Council Approves Funding Arrangements for Highway Department Dump Truck Purchase

Pulaski County Council: back row: Mike Tiede, Kathi Thompson, Brian Young; front row: Scott Hinkle, Rudy DeSabatine, Jay Sullivan (not pictured: Ken Boswell)

Funding arrangements have been finalized for the Pulaski County Highway Department’s dump truck purchase. Earlier this month, the county commissioners agreed to let the Highway Department purchase the used truck from Pozzo Truck Center that had been traded in by Porter County. Last week, the county council formally approved the payment of the $40,000 cost out of the Local Roads and Streets Fund.

Highway Superintendent Terry Ruff told council members that he’s been looking for a used single-axle truck for a couple years. “Some of the single-axles we’ve got now are like 1994, I know, for the one I drove last year,” he said. “This is a 2006 Mack truck. It’s a good used truck. That’s what we’ve been looking for.”

The council also agreed to transfer $3,000 out of the Highway Department’s Salt line item, to help cover the department’s share of the cost of the Indian Creek reconstruction project. “Everybody’s got to pay on the Indian Creek reconstruction project, I guess is what I’m trying to say,” he explained, “so we just want to get it paid off this year, so we don’t stretch it out for the county and have to pay interest on the next five years.”

Ruff said his department’s total share of the project cost is just over $3,700.