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Dept. Of Public Works Lists Equipment Needs
The City of Peshtigo Streets and Drainage Committee meeting on Thursday, Feb. 8 focused on a priority list of Capital outlay equipment for Department of Public Works. A prioritized list of budget estimates, ages and condition of equipment was provided to the committee. The DPW top priority is to replace the 28 year old dump truck that has a plow and wing. The plow breaks regularly, the frame is starting to separate and it doesn't have a scraper. A new truck with scraper, plow and wing is estimated to cost between $170,000 and $185,000.
Next priority is replacement of the DPW Sport Track pickup truck which is 14 years old. The estimated replacement cost of a new one is $27,000. Priority three is for the garbage truck. The current truck is 21 years old with estimated replacement cost between $182,000 and $192,000 for a new one. Next on the list is to replace the chipper which is 24 years old, estimated replacement cost between $80,000 and $84,000. Last in priority is the garbage truck, that is 19 years old with estimated replacement cost between $182,000 and $192,000.
Director of Public Works, George Cowell, recommended to submit the list to the Finance Committee for a five year replacement plan based on the priority list. Cowell will also provide a list of all other equipment with ages and condition for them to review as well. He stated that the Bobcat is used a lot but is still in good condition.
Alderperson Brigitte Schmidt questioned the option of an arm lift truck that has extender arms and can pick up the containers without the workers having to manually lift and empty containers. It would be more efficient and safer. Cowell commented the cost is significantly more than the standard garbage truck, estimated to be about $30,000 to $40,000 more. Mayor Cathi Malke stated they would also need to buy all new containers that need to correlate with the lift arm trucks. Mayor Malke also said, "I would like community input due to the size of the bins and the elderly may have a hard time getting these containers to the road in weather conditions due to the heaviness of the bins".
An email was received on Jan. 25 from Rob Hanneman, Facility Manager for Aacer Flooring requesting crosswalks from the plant to the other side of Ogden Road. After brief discussion the committee decided to approve the request. Cowell said, "We can put two signs up and stripes for a crosswalk in June".