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Quincy City Council approves purchase of new garbage truck

At Monday night's city council meeting, aldermen approved buying a new garbage truck, but not without resurrecting an old argument.

The new truck will cost the city more than $153,000, and will include a tipper, which picks up large totes and dumps the garbage directly into the truck.
But before the 11 to 3 vote, aldermen discussed the current garbage program, including the stickers and totes, and its future success.
Director of Administrative Services Glenda Hackemack believes the current program is moving in the right direction. She says this new truck is not only needed to update the fleet, but it will be a safer option for Central Services workers.

"This is going to take some wear and tear off of them," Hackemack said. "Yes, they're going to have to get on and off the truck, but they're not going to be lifting garbage bags, they're not going to be lifting something they think might be 20 pounds, but it turns out it's 50 or 60 pounds. So it's going to reduce that wear and tear on them, and as a city we're responsible not only for the people who reside here, but also the people who work here."

Hackemack says they're expecting the tote program to keep growing, as residents learn more about the totes and see other residents using them.

Also at city council, aldermen approved installing a new LED sign at Faith Presbyterian Church on South 24th Street. Back in March, the city approved a new city ordinance allowing churches and other organizations to put up LED signs in areas zoned residential.

They also signed off on loaning the Quincy Transit lines $600,000 as a short term loan.

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