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West Valley City saves big bucks on big trucks

Published November 27, 2013 9:54 pm

Refurbishing keeps city vehicles on the road.
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West Valley City • The state's second-largest city is saving big bucks by refurbishing its large vehicles rather than replacing them.

Under a plan suggested by West Valley City Fleet Manager Eric Madsen, the municipality is expected to save more than half a million dollars in the next few years by overhauling six vehicles. The work will prolong the trucks' lifespan by six to eight years.

The first two vehicles to be refurbished — a pair of 10-year-old dump trucks — were equipped with new plows, beds and hydraulics. City employees did most of the work, with local vendors installing the beds and plows.

The vehicles were on display Tuesday outside the Family Fitness Center, where West Valley City Council members met in a study meeting.

"We're breathing new life into them," Mayor Mike Winder said of the trucks.

Madsen said West Valley spent about $153,000 to fix up the two trucks and saved about $175,000 over the cost of buying two new vehicles. Two more of the big trucks are scheduled to be refurbished during the current fiscal year.

With the cabs and chassis on the trucks in good shape, overhauling is a good economic move, city officials say.

"The engines on these trucks still have a lot of life in them," Public Works Director Russ Willardson said, "and it makes perfect sense to keep them on the road, especially when the savings are this significant."

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