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June 19, 2012

Covington council buys street sweeper

COVINGTON, Ind. —

Covington council buys street sweeper

BY ROSE SCHMITT

newsroom@dancomnews.com

COVINGTON, Ind. — City council members approved Monday the purchase of a used VacAll street sweeping truck from Best Equipment of Indianapolis for $10,000 plus the city’s old sweeping truck.

The 1999 sweeper was used by Crawfordsville, Ind., for street sweeping only. Crawfordsville was upgrading to a new sweeper.

Street superintendent Rick Smith said Covington’s sweeper was purchased new in 1995 and has seen a lot of wear and tear. Smith added that Covington’s sweeper also served a few years as the town’s leaf vac. The sweeper from Crawfordsville had no mechanical issues compared to Covington’s machine. If needed, the Crawfordsville sweeper also could serve as a leaf vacuum. It also has a dual sweeping ability.

In other business, city council members:

Discussed hiring out the city’s mosquito spraying truck to Veedersburg, Ind. Superintendent Smith explained Veedersburg does not have anyone licensed to operate its truck or order the mosquito killing chemical. Smith estimates that Covington should charge Veedersburg $225 for the driver, truck and the chemical. Mayor Brad Crain and councilman Joe Sare agreed it would be a good neighborly act, if Veedersburg agreed to the price and if Covington’s insurance allowed it. Clerk/treasurer Debby Gurley will check with the city’s insurance on the feasibility of the idea.

Heard from fire chief Joe Whitaker that the county burn ban is still in effect.

Heard that the city pool was vandalized. No further comments were made on the vandalism during the public meeting.

 

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