DANVILLE – Members of the Danville City Council’s Public Works Committee recommended approving the purchase of an automated refuse truck during a short meeting Tuesday night.

The full city council will act on the purchase next week.

The committee recommended purchasing a 2019 New Way Sidewinder, fully automated side-loader on a Peterbilt 520 chassis for $274,520. The price includes delivery through the National Joint Powers Alliance state contract.

Danville Public Works Director Carl Carpenter said the truck is identical to one purchased last year, but about $11,000 higher due to steel price increases.

Funding comes from the city’s solid waste fund for other capital equipment.

The city has four operating automated trucks and another for yard waste, in addition to backup and rear loaders.

The new refuse truck would replace a 2009 IT Heil automated truck in which city officials say is cost prohibitive to maintain and/or repair and will be disposed of.

Ward 5 Alderman Mike Puhr said trucks have been overdue to be replaced.

Carpenter said the trucks can usually last about 8-10 years with normal wear.

In other reports, Carpenter told aldermen: seal coat for streets is still expected the first week of September; they will execute five warrants on properties on Virginia, Moore, Cronkhite and Cleveland streets to mow, clean them up and board up; and Fair Oaks demolitions are a little over budget so far with the first two of six sites cleared.

Carpenter said there were 23 loads of debris removed for the third building today and they had a one-day delay with water issues. He said they will be monitoring the remaining costs.

“The first two were a little higher than anticipated even with the concrete and brick recycling,” he said.

Carpenter said the public works department also is working on catch basin repairs, trying to eliminate humming with the city hall sound system and lead worker Bill Wear will retire next month after 40 years with the city.

Carpenter and Mayor Rickey Williams Jr. also shared a couple of Garfield Pool compliments from the public including about staff working with Veterans Affairs Illiana Health Care patients. The pool closed Friday for the summer.

In other business, aldermen recommended approving a $21,800 engineering contract with Donohue and Associates of Champaign for the Poland Road pump station rehabilitation.

The work will be paid for from the city’s sanitary sewer fund. A budget amendment of $22,000 from the sanitary sewer fund reserves is needed.

Aldermen also warned about power bill inquiries and social security scam phone calls they’ve heard about from the public.

Danville Mass Transit Director Lisa Beith also said a Greyhound bus ribbon-cutting ceremony will occur at the transfer facility on Sept. 12. Greyhound bus service from downtown started in January.

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