Weaver council approves purchase of four-wheel-drive truck
by Brian Anderson
banderson@annistonstar.com
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WEAVER — The City Council on Tuesday approved purchase of a four-wheel-drive truck to help employees do their jobs in case of severe weather. The vehicle will not, however, arrive before Wednesday's forecast snowstorm.

Joey Conger, Weaver’s public works director, said he spotted the used Ford 250 while checking out the state of Alabama’s surplus vehicles on a recent trip to Montgomery. The vehicle will cost the city $12,500.

“I kind of put in the mayor’s ear that this is something employees can use to get around in poor weather,” Conger said, noting the difficulties the city had spraying sand and salt during January’s snowstorm. “We don’t have anything that can move that stuff.”

Although the city won’t have the truck Wednesday, Conger said that with 40 tons of sand ready to shovel on roads in case of ice and snow, his department is prepared to deal with dangerous road conditions.

Due to inclement weather two weeks ago, Tuesday’s meeting was the council’s first in a month. It was held at 2 p.m. to avoid further weather-related problems.

Mayor Wayne Willis and Councilman Jeff Clendenning both praised city employees’ work during the last snowstorm, singling out Weaver police Chief Wayne Bush and fire Chief Brian Bunn for their help in keeping residents safe.

Staff writer Brian Anderson: 256-235-3546. On Twitter @BAnderson_Star.

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