WEST PARIS — Selectmen are still discussing what to do with a town plow truck that was damaged in a crash in January.

On Friday, Town Manager John White said the town’s insurance carrier has determined that the damage done to the 2001 Sterling qualifies it as a total loss.

Selectmen discussed options for the truck during their meeting Thursday.

The truck was damaged when it rolled onto its side while working on Tuelltown Road during the Jan. 6 ice storm. There were no injuries.

The Highway Department has continued to use the plow truck, White said, and the vehicle is safe and fully operable.

“From their point of view, it’s a total loss, but we could still use it, there just needs to be a few repairs made,” White said.

Selectmen are trying to decide the next steps, which could be keeping the truck and investing in repairs, turning it into the insurance company, or keeping the truck for winter duty only and investing in a smaller truck for the department.

The insurance carrier will pay out $22,000 for the truck if the town decides not to keep it and $16,000 if it continues to use it in its fleet, White said.

Selectmen also intend to continue a review of their fuel oil purchasing agreement with SAD 17. White said the town requests bids for the oil it uses at the Town Office in partnership with the district to get a better price.

The town is not locked into the bid price and can decide to reject it and look for its own vendors, White said.

The school district is reviewing the numbers from towns with which it jointly purchases fuel oil for the next year, White said. He said he intended to send the town’s figures to the district Friday.

Even though the town used more oil this year, White said he did not think it would skew the figures too much because it has used less oil in the past. West Paris usually uses about 5,000 gallons of fuel a year.

Selectman Wade Rainey was elected chairman of the board Thursday, White said.


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