Malverne got $14,000 at auction for a 23-year-old garbage truck.

Malverne got $14,000 at auction for a 23-year-old garbage truck. Credit: Howard Simmons

Officials in Malverne are hoping taxpayers will be happy after a 23-year-old garbage truck the village was selling brought $14,000 at auction Tuesday — and a used police cruiser brought another $4,001.

“We're extremely happy with that,” Village Department of Public Works Superintendent Kevin Brady said, noting the truck sale was far higher than officials expected.

A garbage truck the village auctioned off in the past brought in $7,900, Brady said.

“I don't think we were thinking we'd get $14,000,” he said.

The 2001 garbage truck went up for bid on a site called Municibid.

Brady said the truck was sold to a bidder in Rhode Island, while the police cruiser, which had high service-time hours and was being used by Malverne Police auxiliary units, was sold to a buyer in Oklahoma.

The village has already purchased a new garbage truck, a 2024 Mack capable of hauling 25 yards of garbage. The old truck hauled 20 yards.

Brady admitted the sticker price on the new truck left him in shock: $240,000.

“Prices have gone through the roof, skyrocketed,” said Brady, who's served as superintendent for five years — and who's been with the department more than 30. “I can remember when we used to complain they were $100,000. But, that's what happens.”

On the plus side, Brady said officials hope all the benefits of a new truck will make good economic sense for the village. Not only will Malverne save on maintenance and repairs, he said, but since the new truck hauls more it will also help save on gas and trips to the landfill. Plus, Brady said, the new truck has all sorts of safety features — including backup cameras and better lighting.

“That all makes it safer for the workers,” he said.

The money received from auctioning off the old truck — and the police cruiser — will offset some of the cost of the replacement truck.

As Brady said: “In this day and age, every little bit helps.”

Officials in Malverne are hoping taxpayers will be happy after a 23-year-old garbage truck the village was selling brought $14,000 at auction Tuesday — and a used police cruiser brought another $4,001.

“We're extremely happy with that,” Village Department of Public Works Superintendent Kevin Brady said, noting the truck sale was far higher than officials expected.

A garbage truck the village auctioned off in the past brought in $7,900, Brady said.

“I don't think we were thinking we'd get $14,000,” he said.

The 2001 garbage truck went up for bid on a site called Municibid.

Brady said the truck was sold to a bidder in Rhode Island, while the police cruiser, which had high service-time hours and was being used by Malverne Police auxiliary units, was sold to a buyer in Oklahoma.

The village has already purchased a new garbage truck, a 2024 Mack capable of hauling 25 yards of garbage. The old truck hauled 20 yards.

Brady admitted the sticker price on the new truck left him in shock: $240,000.

“Prices have gone through the roof, skyrocketed,” said Brady, who's served as superintendent for five years — and who's been with the department more than 30. “I can remember when we used to complain they were $100,000. But, that's what happens.”

On the plus side, Brady said officials hope all the benefits of a new truck will make good economic sense for the village. Not only will Malverne save on maintenance and repairs, he said, but since the new truck hauls more it will also help save on gas and trips to the landfill. Plus, Brady said, the new truck has all sorts of safety features — including backup cameras and better lighting.

“That all makes it safer for the workers,” he said.

The money received from auctioning off the old truck — and the police cruiser — will offset some of the cost of the replacement truck.

As Brady said: “In this day and age, every little bit helps.”

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