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Final send-off for Old Sweepy

Officials say street sweeper is worn out, will be retired


August 19, 2020

CITY MECHANIC Thomas Robey works on the city's street sweeper, Old Sweepy, which, officials say, is to be retired.

Sweet Home's loyal old street sweeper, Old Sweepy, has cleaned its last street.

After mechanics noticed the sweeper was spitting up more dust than it was collecting, they decided to open the machine up and check it out.

City Mechanic Tommy Robey told the City Council on Aug. 11 that multiple parts of the machine were cracked, worn through, or run ragged.

"Some of it where the parts are so rusted and so thin, they just need to be replaced," Robey said. "It's falling apart pretty good."

He later said, over a pile of Sweepy's parts, that it might be quicker to describe what's still working...

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