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Wrentham Selectmen Look at Purchasing Vehicles

The town board discussed buying vehicles for town hall use.

The Wrentham Board of Selectmen discussed purchasing vehicles for town hall use at its meeting Tuesday night.

Town Administrator William Ketcham said the matter first came up when the town's low mileage reimbursement rate was examined.

"The board asked me if I could look into what the town could do in terms of purchasing an inexpensive vehicle," he said. "If the board wishes me to pursue looking at inexpensive shared vehicles, I'd ask to more research."

Ketcham said the two least expensive cars he had considered were the Ford Focus and the Toyota Yaris, and the least expensive truck was the two-wheel drive Ford F-150.

"It wouldn't be suitable as a plowing vehicle, but it may be suitable for some professional services," he said. "I would also consult the recreation department, as they've been looking for a truck."

Board Chairman Joseph Botaish said the town should buy an American car, not the Toyota.

Board member Stephen Langley asked if the town might consider used vehicles.

"I know part of the reason we're looking at this is because some of our vehicles that have been handed down have been used as police vehicles," he said. "I think looking at some used vehicles with more life left in them may be useful as well."

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