By Conrad Dudderar
Yukon Sanitation has updated its fleet with a new trash truck.
The Yukon City Council recently approved spending $382,874 for a 2022 sanitation side-loader.
Yukon Public Works Director Arnold Adams recommended the purchase from J&R Equipment of Oklahoma City off state contract.
The new side-loader features a 2022 Carrier Crane LET2-46 chassis and 2022 Labrie Automizer HD-Right Hand body, with a Cummins engine.
The cost includes $197,900 for the chassis, $170,757 for the body, along with freight and material surcharge. The vehicle was built at the Labrie manufacturing plant in Levis, Quebec.
This trash truck purchase was not budgeted for fiscal year 2022-23.
“However, we would like to forego the purchase of the Street Department’s 2022 dump truck with plow ($250,000) and Sanitation’s 2022 semi-transfer truck ($145,000) to purchase the new sanitation side-loader,” Arnold wrote in a Nov. 29th memo to the city council.
The side-loader was “available now” while the dump truck with plow and semi-transfer truck won’t be available until the next fiscal year, Yukon’s public works director told council members.
Reallocating funds from the semi-transfer truck and dump truck “would allow for the purchase of the new sanitation truck,” city treasurer Philip Merry advised the council.
Adams plans to request that these two vehicles be included in the FY23-24 budget.
The city council OK’d the purchase last December after Adams indicated he needed “to place the order as soon as possible due to availability and the economy’s volatility.”
In a related item, the FY22-23 Yukon city budget was amended to transfer $250,000 from the street capital improvements account to the sanitation account.