Helena-West Helena city officials received some much-needed good news at Tuesday night's regarding the approved financing for a new sanitation truck. During the reading of the city treasurer's report, the council learned that the city has been approved for financing for leasing a sanitation truck from Trucks Component Services.
Daniel Ellison of TCS of Poyen, presented the council four bids detailing the lease cost for a new, used, hydraulic and non-hydraulic operated sanitation truck during a council session in August. TCS specializes in municipal equipment sales and are owned by the third largest Peterbilt dealership in the country. Ellison's been selling commercial and residential trucks for about 15 years and wants to do some business in this area.
Ellison had proposed a 2012, 40-yard Peterbilt front loader demo reporting that the warranty will not take effect until the truck is delivered to the user.
“The truck has about 5,000 to 6,000 miles on it because it is a demo and will cost a total about $185,905,” explained City Treasurer Patrick Roberson.
“We'll just switch out of the rental mode and move into the purchase situation,” stated councilman Jay Hollowell.
The delivery of the truck is expected next week, or “as soon as we close the deal,” commented Roberson.
Roberson added that the city is trying to avoid paying another rental. The first payment due on the purchased truck will be in November.
“We will be making payments of about $5,400 a month, compared to the rental that was somewhere around $12,000. So we're saving money,” stressed Roberson.