"It blew up!"
That was Public Works Director Ron Miller's response to a resident's question about the borough's street sweeper at Monday's borough council meeting. Austin Hogentogler asked why it's been nine weeks since the sweeper has run by his house. He said he has had to sweep by hand in front of his house despite various health concerns.
"The other one blew up. The motor blew up," Miller said of the street sweeper. Hogentogler asked why a newer, recently purchased street sweeper was not running.
Mayor Leo Lutz replied, "The street sweeper is not running, because the company we're buying the street sweeper from has not released it to the borough, because they will not release it until they train operators on how to use it." Lutz said that it is incumbent on the company to train the borough's operators.
At its April 10, 2017 meeting, council approved the purchase of a street sweeper at a cost of $221,877.