BELOW FROM LEFT: Cahokia Mayor Curtis McCall Jr., Village Clerk Rich Duncan and Village Trustee Jeffrey Radford, Sr. in front of a bucket truck donated by Ameren Illinois to the village. Ameren journeyman lineman Ronnie Louis is in the bucket.
From Illinois Business Journal news services
CAHOKIA – Ameren Illinois Director of Operations Eric Kozak recently presented Cahokia Mayor Curtis McCall Jr., and Village Clerk Rich Duncan with the keys to a 2004 Ford F-550 truck the utility is donating to the village.
The aerial bucket truck was rotated out of the Ameren Illinois fleet in mid-August.
“Ameren Illinois is committed to helping the communities we serve,” Kozak said. “I know Mayor McCall and Rich Duncan are being very progressive with general maintenance around the community. They expressed a need for a bucket truck more than a year ago and, today, I am glad we are able to make the contribution possible.”
Ameren Illinois 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.
Cahokia will use the truck for the installation and removal of holiday lighting, replacing flags and general maintenance that requires reaching heights.
“The bucket truck will make this type of work much safer for the Cahokia Public Works employees,” Kozak said.
“For a community of our size, this is a major asset to acquire,” McCall said. “It’s in great condition. We are grateful to Ameren Illinois for their generosity.”