May 10, 2017 Edition

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WR approves purchase of new
sanitation truck and roller carts

Megan Heyl
Staff Writer

The Walnut Ridge City Council approved the purchases necessary to improve efficiency and prevent abuse of the sanitation pickup.

Mayor Charles Snapp said a sanitation truck with an automated arm and regulation roller carts has been something they have been working toward since 2015.

The automated arm is expected to cut labor hours required for sanitation pickup substantially. This will free up employees to work on other city needs.

According to Snapp, current labor hours required for sanitation pickup is 92 weekly. With the upgraded equipment, this could go down to as low as 24 hours weekly required for all sanitation pickup.

This would free the sanitation department to do more mowing, limb pickup and cleanups, which would in turn free up the street department to work more on the roads.

The cost for sanitation will not go up for those requiring a single roller cart, which will be owned by the city and assigned through a serial number system to each residence paying for sanitation pickup. A second cart can be assigned at a rate to be established. The savings from this new system is expected to prevent the sanitation rate from increasing for many years.

Snapp said the benefits of the new roller carts go beyond labor savings. The carts will help prevent stray animals from getting into garbage, will regulate the amount and type of garbage that can be discarded and prevent abuse of the sanitation pickup. It will also prevent those not paying for sanitation from getting picked up, as only the regulation carts will be authorized for pickup.

Carts are expected to be delivered in six weeks. The council will meet before then to establish a policy and regulations for the new carts.

The approved purchases were for a used 2016 Mack automated GU 533 chassis with Heil 22 yard DP Python and the lease-purchase of 2,500 96-gallon Cascade Cart Solutions ICON Model Carts.

The Mack truck was purchased for $155,000. On the roller carts, the city will pay $40,000 from the CMA account for tax and down payment leaving $107,532 owed. The city will request a rebate on sales tax from the state.

The remaining balance of $262,532 will be financed through Regions Bank in Walnut Ridge at 3.24 percent fixed interest for 60 months.

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