LISBON - Lisbon's utilities board is offering use of its "suck truck" at a reduced rate of $125 per hour to cities and villages without such a vehicle.
"It's a costly piece of equipment, and a lot of communities cannot afford to buy one. So in the spirit of being a good neighbor we make ours available," said village Board of Public Affairs member Bill Hoover.
The vehicle referred to is the BPA's Vac-Con sewer cleaning truck, which Hoover said was purchased 10 to 15 years ago for about $250,000.
The BPA had a policy in place that predates Hoover, who was appointed several years ago, allowing communities use of the truck and a sewer department employee for $150 an hour.
"It's never out of our control. We have our guy operate the truck, but they (the community) need to supply someone to hold the hose," he said.
The old policy was to charge a flat rate of $150 an hour for municipalities and businesses in Columbiana County that have a need for the truck. The BPA voted to reduce the rate to $125 for cities and villages but keep it at $150 for businesses.
The rate reduction came about after the village of New Waterford had need of the truck. "New Waterford had a problem and we helped them out. We've done that in the past (for others)," Hoover said, adding this was the first time in his three years any community had asked to use the truck.
In another matter, the BPA agreed to pay a $250 bill incurred by Jeanette Fleischman, East Washington Street, after the sewer backed up in her basement. Since this was caused by a problem on the village's side of the sewer line, the BPA agreed to pay the bill Fleischman incurred by hiring Rapid Response Restoration to clean up her basement.