New street sweeper purchase decided

Council approved the purchase of a new street sweeper after hearing the current equipment will cost more to maintain than owning a new one.

Council approved the purchase of a new street sweeper after hearing the current equipment will cost more to maintain than owning a new one.

Dave McPhee, director of operations and property services, told council Tuesday, April 12 during its regular meeting that Raymax Equiment Sales came in with the best pricing at $298,000 with a better warranty than the others. Cubex offered $317,922 and Joe Johnson Equipment offered $328,068.

McPhee said Raymax also offered a two-year warranty and a two-year extended warranty on the street sweeper, a Global M4 HSD. He added the current sweeper is approximately six and half years old and cost $100,000 in maintenance.

“What costs you the most is the elevators,” said McPhee.

This new street sweeper has updated equipment and McPhee expects it to last seven and a half to 10 years.

Changes to access of information policy

In an effort to clarify the town’s policy regarding requests for access to Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP), planners made some changes to its access to information policy.

CAO Albert Flootman told council some clarity was added as to the head of the town and how formal requests are made. “The CAO can delegate responsibility for FOIP matters,” he explained.

“If it’s public information, it’s public information,” he added with regards to making access to that information easier.

In some cases, if possible, information will be readily available on the town’s website or in other ways.

Flootman said typically a legislative fee of $25 is applied to a request and then an hourly fee is applied for requests that will take some time to gather.

Coun. Carla Prediger suggested there should be some sort of communication with the person making the request if gathering it will take longer than a month.

It was added that an acknowledgment of the request will be made within 10 days of it being made.