Sawmills will buy new trash truck
If you live in the Sawmills town limits, you’ll see a new garbage truck hauling your trash away soon.
At its Tuesday meeting, the town council approved one of the town’s biggest 2013-14 budget items: buying a $238,000 garbage truck from Carolina Environmental Systems Inc. The town will purchase the vehicle without incurring any debt, Town Administrator Seth Eckard said.
The vehicle is already built, so it may take no longer than 10 days for the town to receive it. And the truck will have the town’s seal on it – although funding for that was cut when this year’s budget was being hammered out. Town council members had said paying to have a logo emblazoned on the truck was an unnecessary expense, but Carolina Environmental Systems offered to include the logo at no extra expense.
The town currently owns two garbage trucks. The older of them will be sold as surplus, Eckard said.
The town council also voted to give the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office the power to enforce town ordinances within the town limits -laws about alcohol in town parks, for example, or the shooting of guns in neighborhoods.
The sheriff’s department was already enforcing Sawmills' laws, but Capt. B.J. Fore said the department wanted a formal resolution allowing it, Eckard said.
The town council put off until next month any decision about a. Caldwell County Emergency Management request to choose sites that could be used to collect tree and other plant debris in the event of a natural disaster. Choosing sites and getting approval from the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources would eliminate paperwork in the event of an emergency, officials said.
The sites being considered in Sawmills were the lower ball field at Sawmills Municipal Park and the Sawmills Farmers Market lot, but town council members said they wanted to investigate using Baird Park instead of the municipal park.