Yukon buys new sewer truck

City OKs $320K for unit to flush underground lines; replaces 2002 model

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Yukon Public Works Director Arnold Adams

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

It may not be the sexiest purchase of the year, but it’s an important one.

The City of Yukon is updating its fleet, buying a new vehicle to flush miles of underground sewer lines.

The Yukon City Council has awarded a $320,000 contract to Frontier Equipment of El Reno for a 2021 Vac-Con sewer flushing truck. The price includes trade-in of a used truck.

Yukon Public Works Director Arnold Adams recommended the purchase, approved in the City’s 2020-21 capital improvement budget.

Adams asked the city council to buy the new sewer flushing truck to replace one that’s 18 years old, a 2002 Vac-Con.

The council on Dec. 15, 2020 approved specifications and seeking bids.

Adams reviewed three bids received from two vendors for the water/sewer flushing truck. Frontier Equipment beat J&R Equipment LLC’s bids of $350,515 and $360,522.

“The new sewer flushing truck will be delivered in 45-60 days,” Adams advised council members in a memo. “Before we take possession of the new truck, we will surplus our old one.”

The city council approved the $320,000 bid award at its March 2nd meeting inside the Centennial Building, 12 S 5th.

Yukon Public Works personnel regularly perform maintenance of flushing sewers to ensure the sewage system functions reliably.

Sewer line cleaning uses high-pressure water nozzles to flush out dirt, litter, sludge, and other garbage from underground pipelines.

Regular cleaning and maintenance work keep the sewer system in working condition.

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CITY BUDGET AMENDMENT

In other business, council members approved an amendment to the City of Yukon’s fiscal year 2021 budget.

The action authorized $70,000 in supplemental appropriations for the Special Revenue Fund.

The Yukon Optimist Sports Club recently disbanded and the City of Yukon has assumed its role organizing various little leagues. The City inherited the club’s remaining funds, which will be used to offset the $70,000 in appropriations.

Those funds will be used to make improvements to the Yukon City Park ballfields, according to Yukon City Manager Tammy Kretchmar. This includes installing new sidewalk and fencing.

Under the consent docket, the council approved facility usage agreements with four sports organizations:

  • Yukon BMX Club to use the L.C. Taylor Park BMX track from March 3, 2021 through March 2, 2022.
  • Yukon Horseshoe Club to use the Yukon City Park horseshoe courts from April 19 through Oct. 1.
  • Central Oklahoma RC Club to use the L.C. Taylor Park RC track from March 3, 2021 through March 2, 2022.
  • Yukon Competitive/Recreation Club to use the Ranchwood Park and Taylor Park soccer fields from March 2, 2021 through August 31, 2021.