DANVILLE — For the third year in a row, aldermen will consider purchasing another garbage truck to replace an older one.
The city council’s Public Works Committee will consider approving the purchase of a new 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 contract.
Funding comes from the city’s solid waste fund for other capital equipment.
The new refuse truck would replace a 2009 IT Heil automated truck that city officials say is cost prohibitive to maintain and/or repair. However, there is remaining value in the equipment that the city desires to obtain the highest value either by sale, trade or scrap salvage.
Last year, the city spent about $440,000 for two new garbage trucks. The city has had garbage trucks not working properly and it was spending its maintenance budget quickly. The city also rented a rear-loader when repairing another truck.
The year prior, the city replaced another older truck at a cost of about $225,550.
The city purchased new automated garbage trucks about 11 years ago. City officials during the last few years said it’s been time to replace them, and they’ve tried to plan for those costs in capital expenditures.
Aldermen were told to expect to see at least one new purchase a year during the next few years to spread out the costs.
In other business, committee members Tuesday will consider 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.
According to the city resolution, “the Poland Road sanitary sewer pump station is in need of significant rehabilitation” and the city “has negotiated an engineering scope of services to prepare the final design, permit and bidding documents necessary for the rehabilitation.”
In another special meeting on Tuesday, the Danville Board of Fire and Police Commissioners will meet to review and act on Mayor Rickey Williams Jr.’s letter requesting the appointment of six probationary police officers.
With two recent hires, but also a retirement, the city has had 58 sworn police officers.
Williams has said more hires were expected. The city had budgeted for 63 officers.
The city has had to resolve disability cases, and it’s 2019-2020 budget also included a hotel-motel tax increase to help pay for additional police officers to reinstate the Problem Oriented Policing Unit.
The Danville City Council's Public Works Committee will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Robert E. Jones Municipal Building, 17 W. Main St. The Danville Board of Fire and Police Commissioners will meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the Mayor’s Conference Room, Robert E. Jones Municipal Building, 17 West Main St. That meeting is to appoint six probationary police officers.