The Hyattsville City Council approved $292,300 in new vehicle purchases for the city's Department of Public Works last night.
City public works employees will soon be digging holes with a new $73,300 John Deere 310J Backhoe, crushing and moving trash with a new $172,200 Heil DuraPack 5000 hydraulic garbage compactor, and hauling gear with a $48,600 Chevrolet Silverado extended cab pickup truck.
The new backhoe replaces a busted 1996 John Deere 310D which the city currently owns. This year's budget did not anticipate the need for a new backhoe. However, that unit needs an estimated $16,700 in repairs, and the city has spent more than $20,000 over the last five years to keep it running.
The new garbage compactor, which mounts on the back of a DPW trash collection truck, was included in this year's budget. It was selected after city public works employees gave competing models test runs while on their appointed rounds.
The new pickup truck, also included in this year's budget, is intended to replace the DPW's truck fleet. The average age of the DPW's eight pickup trucks is 8.5 years.
The equipment will be leased by the city through First Capital Equipment Leasing Corporation. In the end, Hyattsville will end up paying $310,150 for the equipment plus leasing rates.