North Versailles Township receives fully loaded street sweeper
With air conditioning, power steering, side and rear view cameras and a stereo, the new machine arrived fully loaded.
But the vehicle in this case isn't a luxury car but rather an Elgin Pelican street sweeper.
North Versailles Township took possession of the new piece of heavy equipment earlier this week. The diesel powered broom sweeper replaces an old street sweeper that was about 20 years old.
“It drives a lot nicer than the old one,” said street department foreman James Bivins, one of several township employees who will operate and maintain the new machine. “It's a smoother ride and a lot easier to work on.”
Bivins said the new sweeper will operate five days a week in the peak seasons of spring and fall and has the capability to pick up dirt, leaves and other debris.
The machine is built to be maneuverable on tight residential roads and has side and rear view cameras that make it easy to operate, Bivins explained.
The sweeper cost about $189,000 and was financed through a five-year loan from Kansas State Bank. The interest rate for the loan is 2.64 percent.
Township councilman Sam Juliano said the new investment is all about getting “the right tool for the job.”
Juliano said he and council president George Thompson are familiar with the new street sweeper because of their employment with Allegheny County Public Works Department. He said county street sweepers typically are designed for highway use and are not as maneuverable as ones used by municipalities, where runs have a lot of turns and cornering.
“We got the proper machine for the job,” Juliano assured.
The township received a $5,000 trade on its old sweeper. Juliano said the township initially put the old machine out for bid but didn't receive any offers greater than the trade-in value.
The new sweeper has a 1.5 ton hopper for storing collected dirt and debris.
The machine is equipped with a nozzle that can spray water on the road surface to reduce dust when conditions are especially dry.
Bivins said the sweeper will see heavy use in the fall when it is used for leaf collection.
He said collected autumn leaves are dumped at the township's compost facility at Crestas ball field. Bivins said composted leaves are free to township residents.
The new machine is outfitted with lighting to permit night sweeping.
Juliano said the township does all of its sweeping during the day but now crews would be able to operate after dark if the situation merited it.
Eric Slagle is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1966, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Ex-S. Allegheny teacher held on sex assault counts
- East Allegheny teachers union rejects arbitration award
- McKeesport Area directors OK tax hike in preliminary budget
- Propel sixth-graders chronicle McKeesport history for younger peers
- Elizabeth police join DUI task force
- McKeesport Area poised to close East End Academy
- Students benefit from annual Brewster-sponsored government seminar
- Elizabeth Forward board approves no-hike budget
- Pittsburgh bicyclist pedaling for pets
- Officials envision reinvigorated Allegheny County Airport
- E. Allegheny teachers silent about finding