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Councilors decide to purchase new street sweeper for city


November 4, 2020

City staff use a sweeper truck and trailer they rigged up using available equipment as they sweep gutters last week. The rig mounted on the truck is a converted chipper, which blows leaves and other refuse into the covered trailer towed behind the truck.

Sweet Home city councilors voted Oct. 27 to buy a new street sweeper using a loan from the city's Street Improvement Fund.

Councilors Diane Gerson, Lisa Gourley, Mayor Greg Mahler, Dave Trask, Susan Coleman, James Goble and Cortney Nash attended the meeting Tuesday where they discussed the merits of the chosen sweeper and various financial options for its purchase.

The council had previously heard reports from Public Works staff about the terrible condition of the current sweeper, and the high cost of getting it working again. Because that decrepit sweeper came to the city used, the counci...

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