The village of Newark will have a newer – quieter – street sweeper come summer.
At their regular meeting Tuesday night, January 17th, the village board approved the purchase at an estimated cost not to exceed $195,000. Mayor Jonathan Taylor said the purchase will be offset by the successful pay off of a bond for two of the village’s snowplow trucks.
The village’s current street sweeper is 17 years old and in need of considerable repair to keep it working. The sweeper has two engines, one of which the village has already replaced at a cost of $13,000.
The new sweeper is a single engine, fully loaded with nice maneuverability features and uses about 2.5 gallons of diesel fuel per hour of operation. It also comes with a two-year warranty. The same modeled was purchased by the town of Seneca Falls and was offered recently for local village officials to test drive. The new sweeper is also considerably quieter than the old one, news that brought a collective “oh good” from residents attending the meeting.
The board was encouraged to purchase the sweeper, of which there are only 12 left, before costs rise when new upgraded machines come out in the near future. Waiting until the end of this fiscal year in June could mean an additional cost of $15,000 to $20,000 for the upgraded sweepers.
Delivery of the new street sweeper is expected this coming summer.
Tammy Whitacre is a reporter for Fingerlakes1.com covering Wayne County and the surrounding areas. You may email Tammy at email@example.com