The Upper Milford Township Board of Supervisors voted, at its May 17 meeting, to turn down a $6501 bid for Township Truck #5, which the Township had put up for sale through a timed online auction known as “Municibid.”
According to Township Manager Dan DeLong, the high bid on the truck and plow came from a purchaser in North Carolina. After a bit of discussion, the supervisors ultimately decided that the truck is potentially worth more.
Supervisor Robert Sentner was the most vocal about the value of Truck #5 and any type of dump truck in today’s market, especially with the interest in Marcellus Shale mining.
“Being in the business,” said Sentner, who operates in Emmaus, “that is cheap for what that truck is. If I could have bought that truck for $6500, I would have been here with a check tonight.
“What has happened, is with Marcellus Shale, any truck that can carry stone or water is gone and prices have gone through the roof,” he said. “Part of it is timing. It would be better to hold off on selling it until the fall.”
Township resident Phil Casey suggested that the township park the truck in front of the with a “for sale” sign on it and see what responses they get.
“You’ve got a beautiful facility here, utilize it,” he said.