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Ameren Illinois donates bucket truck to Village

Thursday, October 26, 2017

The Village of Forsyth Public Works Department was recently on the receiving end of some pretty impressive generosity that came in the form of a bucket truck, thanks to Ameren Illinois.

Mayor Marilyn Johnson, speaking at Village Hall early in October when the truck was delivered, expressed gratitude to the company on behalf of the Village.

“This truck will allow the Village to perform a multitude of tasks ourselves that we previously had to contract out,” Johnson said. “We’ll now be able to provide better service to our residents by more efficiently working on trail and parking lot lights, trimming trees and performing flagpole repairs.”

Public Works Department employee David Dunn made use of the new equipment immediately by changing out a light bulb in the Village Hall parking lot.

The 2008 Ford truck with a 40-foot aerial bucket was featured on the company’s website with the following post: “Helping the Village of Forsyth so they can safely complete projects around the community with a new bucket truck.”

According to Ameren, the company has “made several bucket truck donations to municipalities” in its service territory, adding that “Forsyth officials expressed a need for a bucket truck, and we were able to make the contribution possible.”

Ron Pate, senior vice president of Operations and Technical Services for Ameren Illinois, said it’s part of the company’s commitment to helping the communities it serves.

“Today, I am pleased to provide the Village of Forsyth with a truck to assist with general maintenance and improvement projects throughout the community,” Pate said. “This is just one way we’re helping to build stronger communities.”

A press release from Ameren Illinois noted that the company “has nearly 3,300 vehicles, including trailers and equipment, in its fleet. Trucks that are rotated out of the fleet that require minimal repairs or refurbishing can be made available for donation to a local municipality or community organization.”

Larry Coloni, the Village’s director of Public Works, reported to trustees that he had the truck in to have a hydraulic leak fixed, and the mechanic who did the work said it was in great condition.

Coloni also reported that one of the first tasks for the truck was helping with scoreboard repairs at Maroa-Forsyth High School’s football field.

“We are grateful to Ameren Illinois for their generosity,” Johnson said of Ameren’s donation of the truck.

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