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Village considers utility vehicle

Rather than replacing an aging village pickup that needs multiple repairs, members of the Brady board of trustees are instead considering buying a Bobcat utility vehicle that might better fit a more versatile list of duties.

Utilities superintendent Justin Mann tested a vehicle from Fairbanks International in North Platte and found it to be useful for a variety of jobs a pickup cannot do.

During their regular monthly meeting Monday night, village board members discussed vehicle options and attachments with Fairbanks representative Neal Coleman.

While the cost of the Bobcat with a bucket is higher than a pickup at $35,440, Coleman said the attachments available for rent make it much more versatile.

He said attachments range from a blade to a brush to a mower to a snow blower, making the Bobcat several machines in one.

The brush, for instance, could transform the Bobcat into a street sweeper.

“I see all kinds of benefits with that,” said board member Jeff Miller.

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