Voters here will be asked to approve the expenditure of $13,000 for the purchase of a new backhoe loader when they head to a special town meeting Tuesday, Feb. 9.

The meeting will be held at the Searsmont Community Center, located at 37 Main Street South, and will begin at 7 p.m.

First Selectman Bruce Brierley said if voters approve the expenditure, the town will then purchase a second-hand backhoe loader from the Maine Department of Transportation. Brierley said the state agency had offered some used equipment to several towns, including Searsmont, because MDOT is upgrading its equipment.

The reason for the purchase, Brierley said, is “saving money.” The town wants to take over loading sand for winter road treatment itself, rather than contracting the job out at a cost of $4,000 per year. After the first three years, Brierley said, the loader will just about have paid for itself, and in future years it will represent a savings.