Terry Town Council unanimously voted to begin the process of finding a new garbage truck during last week’s special meeting. A call for bids for a new 2009 or 2010 model has been advertised, with several different companies having been contacted throughout the region, including one in Billings, Fargo, N.D. and Spokane, Wash.
The sealed bids will be opened during the regular town council meeting Feb. 9, according to Mayor Ron Kiosse.
Repairing the current 1999 Volvo garbage truck with a Heil truck bed has been “put on the back burner” Kiosse said until a new truck can be purchased.
A model truck that doesn’t include an updated emissions engine is being sought, due to the extra $2,500 cost to engines that use liquid urea, which is a compound that helps reduce pollutants in exhaust gases. The substance is difficult to find in the area, Kiosse said.
Worsening conditions on the current garbage truck led the council to meet last week to discuss repairing the current truck or replacing it. The town has about $180,000 in the garbage truck reserve, according to town clerk Caryn Rein.
Published Jan. 27, 2010