City council members approved a bid and agreed to purchase a 40-yard front loader truck for the Helena-West Helena Sanitation Department. Daniel Ellison of Trucks Component Services of Poyen presented the council with four bids that detailed the lease cost of a new, used, hydraulic and non-hydraulic operated sanitation truck. “We specialize in municipal equipment sales and we're owned by the third largest Peterbilt dealership in the United States,” stated Ellison. “We just recently branched out to the southeastern section of the state,” explained Ellison. Ellison has been selling commercial and residential sanitation trucks for about 15 years and has wanted to do business in this region for some time and got interested through the newspaper advertisement. Ellison proposed a 2012 40-yard Peterbilt front loader demo with weighing type eco-source body with hydraulics, which means there is no pulling horsepower off the transmission while driving the truck. Ellison said the warranty would not take effect until the truck is delivered. “The truck, because it is a demo, has about 5,000 to 6,000 miles on it,” reported Ellison. Ellison said he's only had to take one truck to another dealership to have it fixed and TCS has service trucks available for service when needed. “We've done business with Jonesboro over the years and we have some private haulers as well,” he continued. “We cover three states, Missouri, Arkansas and Kansas so getting back to you for service needs shouldn't be a problem,” commented Ellison. Ellison also presented a 2013 new front loader with a similar body that is currently running in the sanitation department fleet right now. “It's probably got a few more options than what you're used to but a lot of it is small stuff,” commented Ellison. Ellison explained that this version would cost $191,250. Ellison stated that a 2014 Mac will be rolling off the assembly line in about two weeks and that if the city is interested in buying it, there would be about a 40 to 60 day delay. “We also have a used truck, a 2008 McNeilus body for $141,419, with a 90-day warranty,” added Ellison. Ellison told the council that TCS would send someone to ensure that each driver was thoroughly trained before they operated the machinery. Ellison stated that TCS can even monitor or track minor problems with the truck from their location. “We're working with a lot of cities and counties that are looking for a two-year lease agreement and we'll do a buy back agreement as well if the city decides to continue to make payments on it or would like to trade it in for something newer,” he continued. Ellison estimated that the monthly payments would run about $2,500 a month and stated that the trucks must be serviced every so often based on their terms. The truck is expected to be delivered in 3 to 5 days.