Warsaw Board of Public Works and Safety Thursday approved the city leasing a new garbage truck for the Warsaw Street Department.
A $138,298 contract was approved with Selking International, Fort Wayne.
The truck will leave the city with three total trucks, one of the three being a spare.
After an inspection of two spare garbage trucks, they were both found to be in unsafe condition, according to Jeff Beeler, Warsaw Street Department superintendent.
The main reason for the grounding of the trucks is due to split frames. Beeler provided photos of the trucks during the meeting.
Of the two remaining garbage trucks, the 1999 Sterling truck is in need of repair, which cannot be done due to a lack of a reliable spare garbage truck.
On this truck the front main seal and front cover is leaking oil as well as the power steering box. In addition the bed of the truck is in need of being relined due to wear at a cost of $24,000.
“If this purchase is not made, our trash pickup will be greatly impaired,” Beeler said. “It is a public health concern if trash cannot be picked up in a timely basis.”
Beeler said there could be large messes for homeowners to clean up due to animals tearing apart trash bags.
In other business the board approved:
• A $288,573 contract with G & G Hauling & Excavating for site work for the south fire station that will be built on CR 200S, west of Warsaw Community Church.
• A $23,280 contract with Graycraft Signs Plus for a digital reader sign replacement for Warsaw City Hall.
The existing sign is non-functioning.
• A $400 contract with Terry Owens for a magic show for the Parks Department’s Family Carnival Aug. 1 at 6:30 p.m.
• A $7,260.67 contract with Troxel Equipment for a new mower with deck and a snow blower for Warsaw Parks Department, The department will trade in a 2009 John Deere tractor.
• A $4,850 quote from Michiana Contracting to replace a traffic signal post at Center and Lincoln streets that was damaged May 28 when a semi truck and trailer hit and damaged it.