By Conrad Dudderar
Efforts to clean up Yukon are being augmented with the city’s acquisition of a new trash truck.
A 2022 side loader will be added to Yukon Sanitation Services’ fleet. The truck features a Peterbilt DS 520 chassis with a Labrie body.
The City of Yukon is paying $324,829 to J&R Equipment for the sanitation vehicle, which is being purchased off state contract.
Yukon Public Works Director Arnold Adams recommended buying this trash truck from the Oklahoma City vendor.
The Yukon City Council approved the purchase at a Jan. 25th special meeting, and it should be on the streets soon.
Adams told council members the new truck “could arrive within seven days.”
Mayor Shelli Selby said having this truck is “essential.”
“I am thrilled we were able to get one that quick,” she said.
Yukon’s new garbage truck will have a 60-month, 250,000-mile warranty.
This expenditure was included in the City of Yukon’s fiscal year 2022 capital budget.
“We had budgeted $305,000 for the truck that was approved to purchase this year originally,” Adams told the city council. “But this is a new model truck and there’s a little bit of transportation (cost) and a few add-on items we hadn’t ‘spec-ed’ on the first truck.”
Vice Mayor Rick Cacini thanked the public works director for finding the new unit.
“We beat out El Reno; they’re upset that we picked up a truck,” Cacini told Adams. “They need trucks out there as much as we do.
“And they said they’d be calling you to borrow it.”
CM EMPLOYMENT CONTRACT
Meanwhile, the Yukon City Council convened in executive session near the start of the Jan. 25th special meeting to discuss Yukon City Manager Tammy Kretchmar’s employment contract.
No action was taken after council members reconvened in open session.
A City of Yukon employee since 1996, Kretchmar became city manager in January 2021 succeeding Jim Crosby.
She has a $162,000 annual salary plus benefits and a $7,500 annual car allowance.