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Greencastle Council seeks bids on sweeper

January 02, 2001

Greencastle Council seeks bids on sweeper



By RICHARD F. BELISLE / Staff Writer, Waynesboro


GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The Greencastle Borough Council voted Tuesday to seek bids for the borough's first street sweeper, a vehicle that could cost nearly $100,000, depending on where it's bought.

Councilman Harry S. Myers, chairman of the council's facilities committee, said the borough will be eligible for a federal grant for 30 percent of the total cost if the vehicle is of a vacuum cleaner type that sucks up debris instead of just brushing it off the street.

The government offers the grant because a vacuum machine can also suck up leaves that can be recycled, a requirement for the federal grant.

The council voted to seek bids from other manufacturers to check prices before awarding a contract. The government grant would apply only to a sweeper purchased under a federal contract. The purchase price would be repaid at a rate of $12,000 a year for seven years.

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The government application process has a March deadline.

The council will decide whether to buy through the federal program or from a private vendor once the bids come in.

Streets currently are cleaned manually by borough personnel. Greencastle also rents a sweeper from Chambersburg Borough twice a year.

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