Sugarcreek Borough to Consider Buying a New Truck

| February 16, 2017

SUGARCREEK BOROUGH, Pa. (EYT) – Sugarcreek Borough council will consider a request from maintenance foreman Dick Phillips to buy a new truck for the borough.

Phillips wants to replace a pair of trucks the borough’s maintenance department is currently using including a 1986 model that is used only for snow removal and a 2000 model.

“The 1986 International salt spreaders, it’s done,” Phillips told council. “There are patches on top of patches.”

Phillips said he got an estimate on a new truck that all geared out would go for $181,353 with the truck itself costing $96,902.

“Of that, $90,000 would come from liquid fuels funds both what was left over and this year,” Phillips said. “It looks like the rest could come out of the reserve fund so there won’t be a need to finance anything.”

Councilman Larry Baughman asked for more time to evaluate the request, while councilman John McClelland asked Phillips if he had an idea on what the lead time on the vehicle might be. Phillips said he would get that information to council.

“Knowing that would let us know when we need to make a decision,” Baughman said.


Phillips said the borough has gone through 400 tons of salt and he has 200 on order.

“We are getting low,” Phillips said. “It’s been a funny winter with the freeze and thaw, but the roads are holding up well.”

While the borough roads are doing alright, Phillips did say that the freeze and thaw pattern means potholes keeping popping back up.

Phillips also said if the weather holds out, the maintenance department will get the old street vac out and rebuild it and hopefully get it on the road.


Council continued to ignore questions from borough resident Linda Turner.

Turner keeps looking for what she considers a “real” answer as to why council won’t hire Joe Highfield on full time as a police officer. Turner has been beating council’s ear for at least two months now on hiring Highfield full time. On Wednesday, she said she now understands council is saying it can’t have Highfield on full-time because it would have to pay him overtime.

Calling out one of the council members and borough manager Joe Sporer as having come from union families and herself being in a union, Turner said she never made over $65,000 and she worked a lot of overtime.

“They deserve that,” Turner said.

When council didn’t respond to her, Turner responded by saying “That’s two changes I’ve given you to answer and you haven’t.”


Charlie McDaniel addressed council and said he wanted to clear up rumors that he would be running for mayor in the spring primary.

“There are rumors out there that are saying I’m running for mayor,” McDaniel said. “I want to clarify that I’m seeking the Republican nomination for mayor.”

McDaniel joins current borough mayor, Jeff MacKenzie, in the mayor’s race. MacKenzie told before the meeting that he intends to run. MacKenzie was appointed by the current council but now appears to be an outcast by council, who rarely lets him participate in the meeting other than in the new business section of the agenda.

Both McDaniel and MacKenzie have said they will submit more information to in the near future on their intended candidacies.

In other action council:


  • Approved a motion to set the fee for the appeals to the UCC (Uniform Construction Code) Board of Appeals at $700. There wasn’t previously an amount set and one need to be set.
  • Councilman Howard Barger said he heard that the Twin Bridges in Sugarcreek will reopen Friday.


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