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Council Votes to Form New Youth Groups, Buy New Street Sweeper

April 15, 2014 By:Anne Marie Kilday

Local News

The West U City Council decided to create two youth groups at a workshop session before their regular meeting Monday at 6 p.m.

The council will begin a Mayor’s Youth Advisory Program, similar to a group in Houston, to involve teens in West U municipal government. The group will give teenagers the opportunity to  learn about city government, and to participate in programs to expand their involvement in civic affairs.

The council also will form a younger youth group, to advise the Parks and Recreation Department on leisure activities and programs geared specifically for the 10-year-old to pre-teens age group. Some youngsters in the “tween” years have complained that there aren’t enough activities for their age group.

The council also decided to spend up to $225,000 for a new street sweeper for West U.

Although the city purchased its current street sweeper in 2008, it has been unreliable and out-of-service for expensive repairs for the last two years. The cost of repairs has exceeded $40,000 above its annual preventative maintenance. Because of new emission standards that take effect in October, city staff recommended the purchase of a new street sweeper. The city of West U uses the street sweeper as part of its efforts to maintain the city’s storm sewers. Keeping debris out of the sewers helps in cases of extreme storms.

3 Responses to “Council Votes to Form New Youth Groups, Buy New Street Sweeper”

  1. Be Responsible Says:

    “The city of West U uses the street sweeper as part of its efforts to maintain the city’s storm sewers.”

    Street sweeping is a nice service but other municipalities have a defined day and time for street sweeping and enforce no on-street parking during these period(s). Sure makes for more effective and thorough street sweeping.

  2. Be Responsible Says:

    “…Keeping debris out of the sewers helps in cases of extreme storms.”

    Let’s step up enforcement of homeowners and lawn service companies carelessly or mindlessly blowing grass clippings and leaves down sewer drains. Take a smart phone pic and forward it via GORequest.

  3. Brokelyn Says:

    Hey Council, let’s apply good fiscal oversight for the street sweeper purchase. The fact that we need to buy a new truck so soon speaks to the risk of spending capital to perform this function. In retrospect we would have been WAY ahead had the city hired a third-party to sweep the streets. It would be a good time to analyze the cost of purchasing versus the cost of sourcing this service before spending all that money.

    If we must purchase, here are some things to consider:
    Here’s a link to an article in which the city council of South Puget Sound purchased a street sweeper for $158,000 last year. Interestingly they only budget < $10k/year for maintenance costs.
    http://southpugetsoundnews.com/south-puget-sound-government/council-approves-purchase-of-street-sweeper/

    Here are street sweeper units available for less than $60,000 each from Masco, a well-known company:
    http://www.mascosweepers.com/newsweeper/index.html

    Heck, here's a used one for $32,000. Even if maintenance is higher on this unit than it would be for a new unit, we'll still save a ton of money.
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/02-Tymco-600-Series-Regenerative-Street-Sweeper-For-Sale-/271187027521?_trksid=p2054897.l4275#ht_2534wt_1059

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