The Public Works/Street Department acquired this Ford truck with a Tymco sweeper in 2014 at a cost of nearly $200,000. The street sweeper is operated by the Public Works Department throughout the year.
In 2020 the street sweeper was operated a total of 603 hours and collected approximately 1,572 cubic yards of material.
The street sweeper is integral part of deterring waste from the combined sewer system and preventing blockages.
Often, if left in the street, the litter and trash will create a blockage in the storm drain during a rain and the street will flood. During heavy rains, the street may become impassable due to high water.
The largest and most problematic cause of storm drain blockage is litter. This means the easiest, most effective means of preventing storm drain blockages is keeping litter off the streets. Jim Belcher and the City's street sweeper will remain vigilant in their duty, but is asking for help from area citizens.
Please Don't Litter
It is that simple. Proper disposal of trash will reduce pollution in our area lakes, creeks and rivers and the possibility of storm drain blockage and street flooding. The next time you see Jim Belcher on the job, wave. Let him know you are doing your part to keep litter off the streets.