Lenoir getting garbage truck, updates for new homeless shelter

Feb. 05, 2014 @ 08:55 AM

Lenoir will save a little bit on a new garbage truck.

The Lenoir City Council awarded a $169,791 bid to purchase a new sanitation packer truck at its Tuesday night meeting. The bid award is a “piggyback” contract with the city of Thomasville, which conducted the bid process with four truck companies, with the low bid going to Carolina Environmental Systems, Inc. of Kernersville.

Lenoir had appropriated $175,000 for a new garbage truck in its budget, and by piggybacking on Thomasville’s bid the city will save the time of conducting its own bid process, Councilman T.J. Rohr said.

The truck, a 2015 model Freightliner, should be delivered in 60-90 days.

City Manager Lane Bailey also updated the council on work at the site of the former Carolina Custom Cabinets building on Harper Avenue that the city hopes to convert to a new emergency homeless shelter. Interior walls in the building unexpectedly need to be repaired to bring the structure up to code, at a cost of approximately $21,000.

The city is installing a sprinkler system at a cost of about $20,000, and the city hopes local faith organizations and other groups will step in to help bring the project to completion.

Rohr asked if there were any chance the project would hit more snags and turn into a “money pit,” to which Bailey said this should be the “stopping point for the city.”