By Conrad Dudderar
City leaders recently earned a ‘sneak peek’ of Yukon’s new $324,829 trash truck.
Just delivered from the manufacturer in Canada, the 2022 side loader arrived in time for Yukon City Council members to view the sanitation vehicle before it literally “hit the streets” to help clean up Yukon.
Yukon Public Works personnel demonstrated how the garage truck operates on Tuesday, Feb. 1 in the parking lot outside the Centennial Building, 12 S 5th.
The council, at a Jan. 25th special meeting, approved buying the truck (off state contract) from J&R Equipment of Oklahoma City.
The unit features a Peterbilt DS 520 chassis with a Labrie body.
Ward 4 City Council Member Aric Gilliland believes the new truck will be a great benefit to Yukon sanitation personnel on their routes picking up trash carts through the city.
“If we’re asking people to do a job, we need to give them the tools to do the job,” Gilliland said. “It will be nice.
“We were down two trash trucks.”
IN HIGH DEMAND
The purchase was recommended by Yukon Public Works Director Arnold Adams, who indicated other cities were trying to get this new model.
Some $305,000 was included in the annual city budget to buy a trash truck.
At the Jan. 25th special meeting, Yukon’s public works director said the vehicle “could arrive within seven days.” It made it to Yukon in six.
The new side-loader includes a 60-month, 250,000-mile warranty.
A second new trash truck is due to arrive in Yukon in about seven weeks, Adams said.