City purchases new garbage truck, increases fleet

John Richmeier

When they met this week, Leavenworth City commissioners approved a purchase of a new garbage truck for almost $200,000.

And while the vehicle originally was intended to be a replacement truck, city officials plan to hold on to an older vehicle and use it as a reserve truck.

The purchase was approved when commissioners met Tuesday. The city is purchasing the truck through a Sourcewell cooperative purchasing service at a cost of $194,458.

A price quotation provided to the city offered $28,000 for the trade-in of an older vehicle, which would have reduced the price of the new truck to $166,458.

But Public Works Director Mike McDonald recommended keeping the older truck in case it is needed as a backup.

He said the city’s Solid Waste Division has a fleet of five refuse trucks, but it will be expanded to six.

McDonald noted that last year, city personnel began hauling garbage collected in the city to a landfill in Johnson County.

“That is a big change for our operation,” he said.

He said city personnel had problems meeting goals last year without an extra truck.

Curtis Marks, operations superintendent, said the new truck should be available within 30 days from when it is ordered.

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The Leavenworth City Commission:

• Approved an ordinance authorizing the financing of two stormwater system improvement projects.

City officials plan to use temporary notes or general obligation bonds to finance the projects for an estimated principal amount of $3.165 million.

Commissioners had their first consideration of the ordinance last month, but they did not vote on it until Tuesday.

• Received a presentation from Eric Shumate with the Kansas City District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers about the Missouri River and an outlook for potential flooding this year.

• Approved the city’s 2020 Federal Legislative Program, which lists federal legislative issues that are of concern to city commissioners.

City Manager Paul Kramer said copies of the document will be sent to members of Congress who represent the city.

Representatives of the city government are scheduled to meet with various federal officials later this month in Washington, D.C.

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