KEYSER - The City of Keyser will trade in two pieces of equipment and $28,000 for a small excavator which the council members say will save them money on water and sewer line repairs and other emergency jobs as needed.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - The City of Keyser will trade in two pieces of equipment and $28,000 for a small excavator which the council members say will save them money on water and sewer line repairs and other emergency jobs as needed.
Streets and sewer supervisor Jim Hannas brought the proposal to the mayor and council this week, saying the trade-in of a Hustler and a paver which they no longer use brought the price of the excavator down from $61,500.
“The Hustler hasn’t been used for years and we really don’t have the manpower to operate the paver,” he said.
The paver was originally purchased under the previous administration, with the intention of the city being able to complete small paving jobs without having to contract with larger paving companies.
According to Hannas, however, it takes a city employee to operate the paver and others to haul the truckloads of hot asphalt, thus taking those employees away from other jobs in the city.
“Having a paver doesn’t necessarily put you in the position to do a lot of paving,” council member Terry Liller agreed. “I don’t think any of us thought that through.”
City administrator Buck Eagle said he wants the city employees to have “what they need to best do their job … and this (the excavator) is something that will make their job easier.”
Hannas said if the city had had the excavator several months ago when they had to dig up Carskadon Lane for emergency repairs, the city crews could have done the repairs themselves and not had to call out a contractor.
The cost of $28,000 for the excavator will be shared by the water, sewer and streets departments, with a small amount coming from the excess streets levy.
Liller made the motion to purchase the excavator, and Eric Murphy seconded it. The motion passed 4-0 with council member Jennifer Junkins absent.