Mayor: Put garbage cans closer to road, adequate spacing between cans needed
MORGAN CITY, La. — City officials are asking residents to put their garbage cans closer to the road because the city’s new garbage trucks do not have the same “reach” of the city’s old trucks, Morgan City Mayor Frank “Boo” Grizzaffi said.
If residents have multiple cans, they should leave at least two feet between cans, Grizzaffi said. The city’s new trucks have been in use for about a week.
A representative from Alliance Refuse Trucks in Phoenix will be in Morgan City this week training the city’s garbage truck drivers, Grizzaffi said. All three of the city’s new garbage trucks are in use, he said.
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 three trucks include a 2013 Peterbilt 320/Heil Dura Pack 28-yard garbage truck, and two 2004 Autocar WXR Heil Dura Pack 28-yard trucks.
The 2013 truck cost $195,000, and one of the 2004 trucks cost $90,000. The 2013 truck only has 100 miles on it. One of the 2004 trucks has more than 22,000 miles on it, and the other 2004 truck has almost 68,000 miles on it, Morgan City Public Works Director Mike Loupe said in August.
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.
“Hopefully, by next week, we can be on time every time without any kind of issues,” Grizzaffi said. “By next week, if you don’t have it picked up on the proper date, you need to report it to City Hall because we should be on schedule every day.”