MOBILE – Mayor Sandy Stimpson and members of the Mobile City Council this morning announced the arrival of half of the new garbage trucks paid for with a portion of the city’s settlement with BP.
Stimpson said the trucks would make an immediate impact, as they would be put into service following the announcement.
“This is a collaboration between the administration and the City Council …,” Stimpson said, flanked by Councilmen Fred Richardson, Joel Daves, John Williams and Councilwoman Bess Rich. “I think they’re as excited as I am.”
The four new trucks that arrived this week were purchased for $272,484 and are the first of eight total trucks to be acquired with BP funds. The rest of the $4.7 million will be used on a “wish list” of items for the city’s rolling stock, Stimpson said.
The trucks came to the city through a state-approved cooperative purchasing agreement, which can be used in place of state bid laws, Chief Procurement Officer Don Rose said. The trucks were ordered and available through a local supplier, Sanson Equipment Company, he said.
The trucks come with a five-year, 150,000-mile warranty. The maintenance agreement means if anything goes wrong the vendor is responsible, Stimpson said. There is also a five-year unlimited warranty on the trucks’ transmissions. As part of the agreement, the city will be responsible for wear items, fuel, tires, brakes and drums. Sansom is responsible for the rest for five years.
As another feature of the new trucks, they hold 31 cubic yards of trash, while the older trucks only hold 28. This means the new trucks can go an entire route without having to stop at the transfer station, Rich said.
The trucks were purchased after administration officials announced last month having only nine working garbage trucks at any one time to service the city’s routes.