The Bath City Council unanimously approved the purchase of a new vacuum truck that is used to clean the city’s 2,000 catch basins during its meeting Wednesday night.

The freightliner vacuum system will cost the town $353,255, which will be paid for with money from the sewer bond approved by voters in November 2015. It replaces a truck that started its service in 1990.

“The catch basins work really well when they’re clean and not so well when they’re not,” said Public Works director Lee Leiner.

The primary use of the system is to clean catch basins, but the department also has other tasks that require using a giant vacuum.

“The basins get filled with sand used for anti-icing in the winter, as well as litter that gets carried by storm water,” Leiner said. “The accumulated material interferes with the flow of water which could then result in flooding or property damage.”

Leiner said the new machine allows the department to clean that material quickly, and this purchase is replacing an older version of the same piece of equipment.

In other business, the Council approved a new liquor license for Ginger Dermont, an organic farmer planning on opening a restaurant, lounge and bar called “Concinnity” at 102 Front Street, the former home of Live Edge Deli.

Dermont hopes to open the restaurant by the end of May, and she said she plans on being open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the upstairs space, and from 5:30 to 11 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday in the first-floor space.

“I have strong passion for sustainable, organic food,” Dermont said. She told the council the name ‘concinnity’ means a harmonious blend of different ideas, which is the way she cooks.

The Board spent time discussing the municipal budget, and Chairwoman Mari Eosco said she wanted to highlight the fact that the municipal part of the budget — not including the county or Regional School Unit 1 portion — is increasing less than 1 percent.

The Council is not responsible for the county or school budget, and it can only control the municipal spending, but Eosco said some people don’t realize that because the town collects all of the taxes.

At the beginning of the meeting, the council presented a special award to Bath Police Officer Michael Lever, who retired in January after spending more than 43 years on the force.

Lever became a patrol officer in 1974 and was promoted to corporal in 1976. He was the department’s Officer of the Year in 1998.