By Dan Spalding
SILVER LAKE – The town will soon have a new leaf vac machine.
Town Council approved the purchase of a leaf vac Wednesday night. The machine will be hooked up to the back of a truck and is designed for curbside leaf collection for the town.
The new machine is from Best Equipment, Indianapolis, and will cost $74,890. It replaces an old worn-out machine the town relied on for years.
The town is looking at options on where the leaf vac will be stored. Councilmember Jean Weller said she didn’t want to see it just left outside and exposed to the elements.
The new leaf vac will run on gas instead of diesel fuel, which could possibly help bring down the cost, said Council President Hugh Murfin.
In another matter, the town received one bid for the 7.5 acres of farmland behind the fire station. The lone bidder for the five-year contract went to Aaron Hoffman, who will lease the land for $196 per acre.
The town is also preparing for a road closure along SR 15 in the town beginning Monday for a week. The closure is needed to fix a culvert. The town is preparing to put up some barriers.
The next meeting of the town council will be 7 p.m. on April 14.