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EL to consider purchase of street sweeper

EAST LIVERPOOL — City council’s Finance Committee agreed Tuesday to forward three pieces of legislation to council-as-a-whole at their meeting next week, including the purchase of a new street sweeper.

On Monday, an ordinance authorizing the city by and through the board of control to purchase an Elgin Whirlwind street sweeper from Jack Doheny Companies for $305,842 through the state’s cooperative purchasing program.

According to Safety-Service Director David Dawson, the sweeper itself will run $291,283 plus a five-year warranty and lease agreement.

Half of the cost will be covered by moneys for the R&R fund, while the water and stormwater funds will split the remainder.

First Ward Councilman Ray Perorazio, who sits of the Finance Committee, was concerned that the sweeper was the right one due to issues with its predecessor.

Mayor Greg Bricker explains that this new one will have the brushes they need on it and not just the suction option.

The sweeper had been demonstrated on St. George Street and worked admirably, officials revealed.

Dawson added that he expected the sweeper to be here within four and five months after Monday’s council meeting.

An employee from each department will be trained on the street sweeper to assure it is used and maintained correctly. It needs to be used with water to avoid damaging the brushes, the safety-service director said.

In other action, council also will consider the 2021 permanent appropriations’ ordinance, which sets aside $4,165,621.57 in general fund moneys.

According to Auditor Marilyn Bosco, she will have to add the street sweeper purchase to this ordinance if council approves it.

Council will meet at 6 p.m. Monday in council chambers within city hall.

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