Kimberley will invest over $835,000 into new vehicles for the city’s fleet.
Council approved spending over $501,300 on a truck for hydro excavating and sewer cleaning.
They also purchased a sweeper truck for road clearing, to the tune of $334,367.43
Director of Operations Mike Fox says both vehicles were due for a replacement, as they were costing over $20,000 a year for maintenance.
“Our current sweeper is well over ten years old,” Fox says. “When we want to sweep in the Spring, everybody doesn’t like dust and when our machine keeps breaking down for two weeks or a week at a time, they need a lot of maintenance, so it ends up taking us longer to sweep the town.”
The city will sell the old hydro excavator, but Fox says they will keep the sweeper as a back-up.
“When we bring the new one into service, we can use the old one out on the street, so that we always have a sweeper out,” Fox says. “So only if it becomes cost inefficient, I would get rid of it, but at this time I would keep it as a back-up sweeper and maybe even be able to use two sometimes.”
The new equipment was included in the city’s budget this year.
Fox says the city’s fleet is about 85 per cent depleted and more equipment will need to be replaced as time goes on.
– Director of Operations Mike Fox, City of Kimberley
– Jeff Johnson