, Port Arthur, Texas

June 11, 2012

New trucks proposed to solve trash problem

Brandon Janes
The Port Arthur News

PORT ARTHUR — The City of Port Arthur may have found a solution to the city’s garbage pick-up problem, but it may cost the city a lot of money.

At Tuesday’s City Council meeting the city will decide whether to spend $732,000 on three new garbage trucks or begin looking for another way to alleviate the four week-old delays on waste management services.

The city has just four of its nine-truck fleet currently in operation, according to director of public works, Ross Blackketter, and the city needs at least six trucks to run on schedule.

The trucks first started breaking down the second week of May in what Blackketter described at the time as a “freak thing.” Since the breakdowns, the city has employed several methods to try to get the trash picked up on time, including working the sanitation crews overtime and borrowing trucks from neighboring cities of Groves and Nederland.

Last week, with just four trucks, the city fell one day behind and the week before, with just two or three trucks running the city was  two days behind, according to Blackketter.

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