WATERVILLE — City councilors on Tuesday will consider buying a $98,668 truck with a lift from Hight Chrysler Dodge Jeep of Skowhegan for installing signs, doing traffic light maintenance and annual street striping.

The meeting will be at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at The Center downtown.

The city plans to trade a 1999 GMC dual axle truck with utility body and platform lift for the new truck, which is an HD 5500 series dual wheel cab chassis with the integrated utility body and platform lift.

Hight’s bid was lower than the $102,364 bid submitted by Central Maine Chrysler Dodge Jeep of Waterville, according to a memo from Public Works Director Mark Turner to councilors and Mayor Nick Isgro, dated August 25.

Funding for the truck will come from a 2015 general obligation bond and was previously approved as part of that bond, according to City Manager Michael Roy.

In other matters Tuesday, councilors will consider buying winter road salt from Morton Salt Co., which has a terminal in Searsport, for $61.63 a ton for a total of $166,401.

The city buys its salt as part of a joint purchasing program sponsored by Kennebec Valley Council of Governments. The salt is used on streets, sidewalks and parking lots. For the last three years, the city has participated with the state Department of Transportation in a cooperative bid, but this year, the KVCOG proposal involving 11 communities was more favorable, according to a memo from Turner to the mayor and council, which says the city budgeted to buy about 2,700 tons of salt.

The council will also consider awarding a contract for a City Hall roof replacement project. Roy said the bids came in Monday and were being evaluated. Money for that project also would come from the 2015 bond.

Councilors will consider selling a vacant lot at 25 Oak St. for $2,000 to Donald Veilleux. A fire destroyed a home there in August 2011, and the city paid to have it razed and cleaned up. The city also foreclosed on the property.

Isgro is scheduled to recognize police Detective Sergeant William Bonney, detectives David Caron and Duane Cloutier, Sgt. Daniel Goss and officers Scott Dumas and Chase Fabian for work they did on a drug investigation that resulted in the Aug. 21 arrest of Brian Danaher, who was charged with three counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs, all class C felonies. Isgro’s recognition says police removed a significant drug dealer from the community, preventing him from dealing highly addictive and illegal drugs to Waterville residents.

Police found 104.7 grams of crack cocaine, 83.6 grams of heroin and 153 Oxycodone pills with a combined value of $44,500 in Danaher’s apartment, according to the recognition. They also seized a 2010 Ford sedan and a 46-inch television, it says.

The Central Maine Growth Council will also make a presentation to the council explaining how it works with the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce and the city on economic development efforts.

Amy Calder — 861-9247

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Twitter: @AmyCalder17

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