Newburgh City Council approved the transfer of $582,526.00 from the water fund balance to the water fund distribution-motor equipment fund for the purchase of a hydro-excavator truck.
The transfer of these funds and purchase of this vehicle will allow the city to operate and perform the necessary maintenance without hiring a contractor. City of Newburgh Engineer Jason Morris and City of Newburgh Water Superintendent Wayne Vradenburgh had presented the proposed resolution item during the city council work session the previous Thursday and explained the need for this new vehicle.
According to Vradenburgh, the United States Environmental Protection Agency had recently released a new revised lead and copper rule that states that every water provider must create a database of service line inventory, mainly focusing on the service line material type.
Vradenburgh stated to the council that the water department already started the creation of a database but now the water department must go out and access what kind of service line material is in the ground. This new truck will be able to make the process of identifying lines more efficient. All lead material identified must be removed. Five to six thousand services are currently across the city. According to Vradenburgh, the work and collection of the inventory must be completed by October 16, 2024.