By Tim Kalinowski
The Redcliff town council approved the purchase of a new $249,000 waste collection truck for the community at last Monday’s bi-weekly meeting. The offer was tendered by Superior Truck Equipment for a 2016 Labrie Pendpac waste collection unit with a 2016 Freightliner chassis. The truck itself must be custom built and costs $239,747. However, councillors also approved an additional five year extended warranty for $8767 to bring the final total to just under $249,000.
“Considering the quality service, regular warranty, and our past experience with all types of units, more of our required options were included in the Freightliner package,” explained Jamie Garland, director of public services, when asked why the Freightliner option was recommended over other tenders.
Council put out a call for tenders leading up to Monday’s decision and received eight from different dealers. Arlos Crofts, Redcliff municipal manger, said, of the offers received, the one council approved was the best combination of price and warranty.
“The one we chose was the second lowest (in price), but the lowest when you consider the extended warranty,” said Crofts. “There are lots of moving parts. It’s working every day out of the week. It is a big consideration the extended warranty option is provided.”
When asked why the town felt it necessary to buy the new waste collection truck, Crofts said it was simply a matter of wear and tear.
“The current one is at the end of its useful life. It’s approximately eight years-old, and it’s had a lot of mileage on it,” said Crofts.
It will take approximately eight months for the new waste collection truck to be delivered.
In other town business council also approved a new emergency management plan to work in conjunction with the City of Medicine Hat and Cypress County and approved local support for the Daffodil Project.
The next Town Council meeting will be Tuesday, June 9 instead of Monday, June 8 due to the 2015 FCM Conference and Trade Show taking place from June 5-8.