GLOVERSVILLE - City officials are seeking an additional $76,000 in stimulus funds to replace a bus that died weeks ago.
Transit Manager Al Schutz said the bus was purchased in 2002 and had more than 250,000 miles on it. Schutz said state Department of Transportation officials told him replacing the bus would make more sense than repairing it.
"[DOT] said it just wasn't worth putting a new $20,000 engine in it when it would probably just die in another year or two," Schutz said.
Schutz said the lifespan of the bus, which was on its second engine, is about average for city transit vehicles.
To make up for the loss, Schutz received Common Council approval last week to apply for an additional $76,000 in federal stimulus funding.
Schutz had previously applied for about $700,000 in federal stimulus money on behalf of the city. That application was successful, and the money will pay for another new bus and a trolley-style bus to run downtown. It also will pay for engineering work for a new pole barn, furnace and roof repairs at the transit building, a brake meter, repaving the bus station's West Fulton Street parking lot and new office equipment including scheduling software, computers and a copier.
Once the money comes through and the city is able to purchase the new buses, the city's fleet will have 10 buses, Schutz said. The money to repair the 13-year-old roof is sorely needed, Schutz said.
At a Common Council meeting last week, the council authorized Schutz to apply for the additional funding and authorized Mayor Tim Hughes to sign the application. The original resolution would have authorized Hughes to sign any agreement between the city and subcontractors for the project, but 3rd Ward Councilman James Robinson objected to the resolution's wording.
Robinson said the council should only authorize Hughes to sign the application. He said councilmembers should be alerted to any further contracts being signed and should authorize Hughes' signature at each stage of the process.
Other council members agreed and revised the resolution to reflect the changes.
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