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Waterville’s New Garbage Truck Finally Arrives

After a long wait, the Village of Waterville will have its new garbage truck in action.


At last week’s Waterville Village Board meeting, DPW Superintendent Jamie Bechy said the truck is due this week.


Cost of the vehicle is $247,681, and the village has a reserve fund of $201,000 towards that. The balance is due in 30 days.


After discussion Board members agreed to take the money out of fund balance and replace it when the old garbage truck is sold. That truck is eight years old.


After fixing a major leak on Upper White Street this winter Bechy said water usage for the village department was down considerably.


Waterville Fire Chief Jarrod Waufle said some emergency repairs were

needed at the Firehouse this month, including to the furnace.


Waufle said there was funding in the 2024-25 budget to buy pagers.


Waufle said pagers allow officers to hear what is happening at the scene, unlike radios through cell phones.


Board members approved Waufle’s request for $2,000 to be added to the Fire Department’s budget to hire a grant writer to submit one grant next year.


He said the department is looking at grants to help replace Truck 423, which would cost $508,000 for a new truck.


In addition, Waterville, Oriskany Falls and Deansboro departments would like to do a combined grant for new portable radios.


He and the Board discussed the need for AEDs on site for all youth sports practices and games under a new rule in effect in June.

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The full story is in this week's edition of the newspaper. 

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