2 of city’s garbage trucks arrive here

MORGAN CITY, La. — Two of the three refurbished garbage trucks the city ordered arrived at the end of last week, and the city is waiting on the third one to come in, according to Morgan City Public Works Director Mike Loupe.

The city bought three side-loading garbage trucks at a total cost, including shipping, of $395,000 to replace its old trucks. The trucks were shipped from Phoenix.

The city council approved the purchase of up to $400,000 worth of garbage trucks, and up to $10,000 of shipping costs at the June council meeting.

The 2013 Peterbilt 320/Heil Dura Pack 28-yard garbage truck arrived Thursday, and the 2004 Autocar WXR Heil Dura Pack 28-yard truck arrived on Friday, Loupe said. The third garbage truck, also a 2004 Autocar WXR Heil Dura Pack 28-yard truck, is in transit, Mayor Frank “Boo” Grizzaffi said.

City Chief Administrative Officer Marc Folse has contacted Louisiana State Police to certify the trucks before the city is able to begin using them on the road, Loupe said.

The 2013 truck that arrived Thursday cost $195,000, and the 2004 truck that arrived Friday cost $90,000, he said. The 2013 truck only has 100 miles on it. The 2004 truck that already came in has more than 22,000 miles on it, and the other 2004 truck that has yet to come in has almost 68,000 miles on it, Loupe said.

Mayor Pro-tem Louis Tamporello said a representative from Alliance Refuse Trucks in Phoenix, the company that refurbished the trucks, is supposed to come here to provide training for the employees operating the trucks.

Tamporello wants to make sure the city employees go over the maintenance required for the trucks, he said. “That’s one of the things we’re preaching right now. They’ve got to maintain these vehicles, and they’ve got to keep them going,” Tamporello said.

Loupe said Grizzaffi would like to send one of the city’s old trucks to get refurbished so it can be used as a spare.

The city plans to rotate its three refurbished garbage trucks and spare old truck to be worked on for maintenance issues, Tamporello said. “The plan is to have at least four trucks and three of them running constantly,” he said.

The drivers of the trucks will operate the refurbished trucks from the right side, or what is normally considered the passenger side, instead of the left side that the city’s old trucks operate from, Tamporello said.

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