Portage opens up bids for new garbage trucks
By John Robbins Post-Tribune correspondent January 14, 2013 9:48PM
Updated: January 14, 2013 9:56PM
PORTAGE — The transition to automated garbage pickup services keeps on trucking with the Portage Board of Works opening bids for new garbage trucks Monday afternoon.
Bids for three new trucks were submitted by Pyramid Equipment, of Rolling Prairie, Central Indiana Truck Equipment, of Indianapolis, Lincoln Environmental, of Winamac, Best Equipment, of Indianapolis, and Peterbilt Trucks, of Portage.
Two different types of garbage trucks were quoted, “tip to dump” and “full eject.” The tip to dump truck is a dump type truck in which the truck bed is elevated and the load falls out due to gravity. The full eject truck has a hydraulically operated pusher blade that forces the load out of the truck.
Prices were quoted for outright purchase, five year lease and seven year lease.
The absolute lowest price bid is $217,895 for a single tip to dump truck submitted by Pyramid Equipment and the highest price is $259,912 for a single full eject truck submitted by Central Indiana Truck Equipment.
The new trucks will replace the three oldest trucks in operation, placed in service in 1996 and 1997, according to street department assistant superintendent Randy Reeder.
The bids were taken under advisement for review. Reeder expects a recommendation will be made at the next board of works meeting in two weeks.
Delivery of new trucks will occur within 150 days of accepting the bid.
The saga of the multi-year underground storage tank remediation effort at the Street Department facility is finally near an end. Board attorney Greg Sobkowski notified the board that the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) is prepared to issue a letter certifying completion of the effort.
Portage must first record an environmental restrictive covenant on which stipulates that the property will not be used for residential purposes, not allow ground water extraction from the site to be used for human consumption and agree to restore any soil to existing conditions in the event of any construction activity.