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Thorsby Town Council discusses truck repairs

The Thorsby Town Council discussed in a meeting Feb. 16 the possibility of making repairs to a truck used by the Public Works Department.

The truck, a 2003 Ford Ranger, is in the shop at Robert’s Auto Repair in Thorsby, where it was found to have a dropped valve in the engine, according to town superintendent Terry Jackson.

The repairs to the truck will cost approximately $3,895, according to an estimate from Robert’s Auto.

The council, which saw councilman Marvin Crumpton absent, also discussed the possibility of bidding on either a used surplus service truck from Alabama Power through an online auction, or one through the state of Alabama’s used surplus auction to replace the current truck.

Jackson will do further research on the cost of the repairs to the current truck, as well as the cost of the trucks available at the auctions and bring information, including which option will be in the best interest of the town financially, to the next meeting.

In other business, the council:

• Discussed with Jackson about the need for surveillance cameras at the new public works shop as a deterrent for burglars.

Jackson cited a previous incident at the old shop where burglars were caught as a reason for the investment. Jackson will do further research on camera systems and will bring information to the next meeting.

• Discussed a town clean up day, with a specific date to be decided.

• Voted unanimously to pass the minutes from the Feb. 2 town council meeting, as well as pay bills.