Town of New Haven to purchase new trucks

By Mindy Kearns - Special to the Register

NEW HAVEN — The Town of New Haven will be buying two new trucks, council decided at it’s most recent meeting, but not all members were in favor of the purchase.

In a vote of 3-1, the council agreed to buy two 2017 Ford F-350 4×4 trucks at the state bid price from Stephens Auto in Danville. One truck will be equipped with a snow plow, while the other will have a spreader.

Councilman Jim Elias had the dissenting vote, while Matt Shell, Matt Gregg, and Grant Hysell voted in favor of the purchase. Shell made the motion that also gave Recorder Roberta Hysell the authority to check with other local banks to see if a lower interest rate could be found than that given by Farmers Bank at 2.99 percent. With a loan agreement of 72 months, the total truck payment would be $1,065 per month at that rate.

This will bring the town’s truck fleet to a total of five.

Mayor Jerry Spradling reported the town’s lawn mower had quit working. A John Deere brand, Shell said the mower is 34 years old. The council agreed to rent an industrial mower at $600 per month to finish out the season.

In other action, the council:

Issued a building permit to Steven Fields for steps and a metal roof;

Hired certified police officers Troy Stewart and Colton McKinney on a part-time basis at $13 per hour; and,

Agreed not to declare land as agricultural that would allow Terry and Trish Gilkey to have farm animals on Haven Heights. The Gilkeys asked the council to be considered as “grandfathered” in on an ordinance that prohibits farm animals within the municipality. The couple said the land used to harbor the animals belonged to the Tennant family and had previous been considered agricultural.

The next meeting will be Aug. 21, 6 p.m.

Prior to the regular meeting, council members met with residents who are being asked to sign easements for the upcoming water project. Also attending were engineers with the project and Kathy Elliott of Region 2 Planning and Development. The purpose of the meeting was to answer any questions the residents had concerning the project going across their properties.

By Mindy Kearns

Special to the Register

Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at

Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at