The Centerville City Council Monday night at City Hall discussed and then voted 5-0 to purchase a new street sweeper.
The new sweeper lists at $175,000, but with the proceeds from the sale of the current sweeper, the final cost was projected at approximately $140,000.
The model the council voted to purchase is manufactured by Elgin Street Sweepers. The new model is a mechanical model and is more efficient, Steve Hawkins, public works director, said.
“It’ll do a lot better job, I think,” Hawkins said. “And we saw that during the demo.”
Hawkins said Centerville at one time used a mechanical street sweeper and it was time to go back to that design. The city’s current street sweeper is an air type sweeper.
“There’s no doubt in my mind this is going to be a lot better piece of equipment and you’ll be able to get over I think two-three times more streets in the same amount of time,” Hawkins said. “You’re going to see the difference.”
Patrick Antonen, city administrator, said the current street sweeper is very slow, only gets approximately one mile to the gallon and has to make several passes to sweep the streets.
The city is waiting on quotes to sell the old street sweeper, Antonen said. The council vote was to authorize the purchase of a new street sweeper up to the dollar amount of $175,000 before the final details of selling the old one are worked out.
The money is available in the city’s road use tax fund, Antonen said. The fund has more than $600,000 in it.
“And we need to start spending that down,” Antonen said. “The state doesn’t particularly like to see a lot of money left in your road use account.”
In other action Monday night the council approved: