NORTHBRIDGE, Mass. – The task of maintaining town buildings will be a more efficient operation now thanks to a cargo van delivered to the Northbridge Department of Public Works Friday morning.
Voters approved funding at the spring town meeting in May. The used van, purchased for $23,900, has 12,000 miles and retains most of its original warranty.
The van will serve a dual purpose, explained Highway Superintendent Robert Van Meter, who breaks it down to 80 percent building maintenance and 20 percent road service.
The inside is already designed to store cleaning implements and supplies needed for the janitorial services provided by the DPW. Modifications will include installation of a work bench, air compressor, welder and table saw so the maintenance employee can make simple repairs.
“Most of our work right now is janitorial. We’d like to be doing a lot more and actually fix things. We have the talent here to fix most anything,’’ Van Meter said.