Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

February 22, 2014

Water department to get new $85,000 backhoe

Greensburg Daily News

---- — GREENSBURG -- The Greensburg water department plans to purchase a new $85,000 John Deere backhoe to replace an old one that has stopped working.

A day after the Greensburg Water board approved, last month, a trade-in of a backhoe toward a new purchase, the old machine’s engine blew, said Rick Denney, superintendent of the city’s water department.

The department had planned to trade in the old machine, with an estimated value of $17,000, toward a new machine, bids of which came in at $85,000 and above.

However, when the old backhoe’s engine ceased working, the water department had to abandon the idea of the trade-in.

The Water Board approved Denney’s request to purchase a new backhoe without any trade-in.

Denney said that as soon as the weather warms, he plans to seek permission from the board to purchase a replacement motor for the old backhoe, at a cost of about $6,000, and use city and county engineers to install it, before selling it.

Denney said he expects to be able to sell the refurbished backhoe for about $21,000.

After the meeting on Tuesday, the superintendent said he expects the department’s employees to experience some busy days yet this month. When temperatures rise after a significant cold period, water mains typically sustain some damage, he said.

— Daily News