2006-09-14 / Front Page

Town's highway fleet gets a new addition

A clean sweep Andrew Munafo, Councilman Bill Kelly, Highway Department Supervisor Kevin Deacon, and mechanic Mike Potvin with the brand new Elgin street sweeper purchased by the town. Photo by Donna Drago A clean sweep Andrew Munafo, Councilman Bill Kelly, Highway Department Supervisor Kevin Deacon, and mechanic Mike Potvin with the brand new Elgin street sweeper purchased by the town. Photo by Donna Drago The first of several new pieces of highway equipment arrived in town last Friday to the delight of members of the Highway Department crew, who have been trying their best to keep old pieces operational and on the roads. The new, vivid yellow Elgin

street sweeper will be on the streets in the upcoming days. It cost some $125,500 and was paid for with money the town has been setting aside for equipment.

Andrew Munafo, who operates the sweeper for the town, said the new one has many more features than the 1982 version that the town bought secondhand some years ago.

"It's got great visibility," Munafo said, and it is easier to maintain because it is self-greasing. It's also airtight, he said, which is good news for him because he used to have to wear a breathing mask in order to operate the town's old street sweeper.

Highway Department Supervisor Kevin Deacon said the old sweeper was broken so often it would be on the shelf for months at a time. "Now we're going to get into a program," of regular street sweeping in Jamestown, he said.

Town Councilman Bill Kelly was instrumental in pushing for the new equipment.

"This is great for the town," Kelly said. It is also good for the environment because the sweeper can pick up road salt and sand after a winter storm to keep it from washing into the bay, he added.

The department is "finally getting into the 21st century," Deacon said, adding," It's about time."

On order and due to come to town in the next couple of months are a pay loader, a backhoe, two dump trucks, and a pickup truck, Deacon said.

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