Insurance saves Town over $5K

It turns out the compactor’s motor was insured
By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press Staff

The motor that broke down on the Town of Belgium’s compactor in July was slated to cost $5,385 to be replaced.

A single-phase, 10-horsepower motor was installed and the machine was put back in operation.

The town later learned, however, that the old motor was insured.

Clerk Ginger Murphy filed a claim and reported on Monday that the town will pay $275 for the motor.

“That’s very good news,” Supr. Tom Bichler said.

Transfer site supervisor Ron Swihart said he would like to get the old motor back to possibly rebuild it. Last month, Swihart wondered how long the new motor would last. The old one was 15 years old, and he was told “they don’t normally last that long.”

The town bought the compactor in May 2018 for $7,000 from Advanced Disposal, Inc. The town had been renting it for $250 per month since 2014 because it didn’t have the money to buy it. The purchase saved the town $9,600 in rental costs.

Soon after the purchase, the ignition switch broke. Advanced Disposal paid $267.98 to replace it.

In other transfer site news, the Wednesday hours of 5 to 8 p.m. conclude at the end of the month. From October through April, the site is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.

The site is at 1215 Jay Rd.

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