"We did a lot of research on this matter," Sanitation Supervisor Casey Archer told The Brazil Times Friday. "We got the best truck for the best price possible. This one was $6,000 cheaper than other competitors' prices."
The 2009 International Sanitation Truck has been in service around the city since Nov. 9. Other than two new safety features -- like the on-board fire extinguisher and a safety stop button -- Archer said one feature should help make servicing the routes more efficient.
"This truck allows us to pack more and to be able to pack the trash as we drive," Archer said. "That will help speed things up quite a bit."
The replacement vehicle was purchased after an accident involving a city sanitation truck at the intersection of State Roads 59 and 46 Oct. 7.
Apparently, city employee Gary Sanders didn't have enough room to make a westbound turn onto State Road 46. He swerved to avoid colliding with another motorist stopped at the intersection, but the truck toppled over on its side and slid until it came to rest in a ditch on the south side of the intersection, knocking down a stop sign and blocking eastbound traffic.
With insurance covering most of the $143,850 vehicle ticket price, the City of Brazil Clerk's Office confirmed to The Brazil Times the replacement cost only impacted the budget for $1,700.
Archer said Sanders, who suffered head injuries and lacerations during the accident, is still recuperating but has been allowed by doctors to return to light duty.
"There is no light duty around here," Archer said about Sanders currently working at the street department. "We're glad he's back."