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Mayor Thomas Broderick, Jr. announced today that the city is taking possession of three new 2017 Tandem Freightliner dump trucks for use by the Anderson Street Department. In making the announcement, Mayor Broderick stated, “this is part of our continuing effort to upgrade and improve the City of Anderson’s inventory of buses, trucks, cars and equipment.” A dedication ceremony will take place Friday, October 20 at the City of Anderson Street Department headquarters on West 8th Street at 11:30 a.m.
Broderick explained that the new Freightliner dump trucks would go into immediate service and will be used year round. The new trucks will be used for paving, salting and snow removal. Broderick stated, “the city does not intend to retire any of the remaining trucks in our fleet. This will give us additional capacity to do our work in both the winter and the summer. The three new trucks will add to the Street Department’s current Tandum fleet, which includes two 2016, two 2007 and five 1999 trucks, which takes our Tandum truck total to 12.”
Broderick stated, “We have a great street department led by Street Commissioner John Allman and made up of dedicated employees. We are excited about the new vehicles that have state-of-the-art options that will make the work for our street department employees more safe and efficient while providing for the needs of the community.”
The new trucks were purchased by the Anderson City Board of Public Works through the Indiana State Bid Program, which ensures the lowest available price. The cost of each truck was $159,985.
The announcement of the three new Tandum trucks comes after Mayor Broderick’s earlier announcements and deliveries of twenty new 2017 Ford Interceptor police cars at a cost of approximately $550,000 and two new Glaval Titan II Paratransit buses at a cost of $171,818, to be used in the city of Anderson’s Nifty Lift program. Also, Mayor Broderick announced earlier the May delivery of a new $239,000 Johnston Street Sweeper to be used by the City of Anderson’s Water Pollution Control Department. Also, the City of Anderson Fire Department took delivery in April of a new Heavy Duty Rescue Truck at a cost of $440,000 and a new Medic Three Ambulance, delivered in September, at a cost of $150,000, to be operated out of Fire Station 2 located near 22nd St. and Raible Ave.
Mayor Broderick explained that funding sources for the purchases included, federal matching funds and grants, encumbered street funds, and general funds. “Despite tough economic times the city has been able to use sound management practices to do more with less and to free up resources for needed capital improvements. We are taking these steps while living within our budget.”
Mayor Broderick stated, “The addition of our new trucks, buses, cars and equipment will benefit our employees and our citizens as we continue to improve our streets and neighborhoods.”