ATLAS — Mount Carmel Township has purchased its own street sweeper.
The township placed the high bid of $46,200 on a 2004 Tymco Model 600 BAH street sweeper sold by the Borough of Selinsgrove.
Supervisor Matthew Susnoskie said the purchase came in under budget, which was set at $50,000. The truck has 27,084 miles and sweeper has 3,878 hours. Susnoskie said he looked at it before it was purchased and determined it was in great shape.
“We really got a steal for it,” he said.
Susnoskie said the township has enough money in the general fund to pay for the sweeper, but will ask the Mount Carmel Municipal Authority (MCMA) if it can tap $40,100 paid in permit fees for the manhole replacement project. The money was placed in an escrow account after MCMA objected to the permit fee being used to pay for anything other than expenses incurred by the township in connection to the manhole project.
MCMA Chairman Robert Shirmer did not respond to a message Tuesday seeking comment on if he would approve the expense.
The need for Mount Carmel Township to purchase its own sweeper arose out of the disagreement between the township and MCMA over the permit fees. At an Oct. 18 Mount Carmel Township meeting, supervisor-elect Rich Mychak complimented Aqua PA for street work in Atlas, while complaining the MCMA manhole project had left homes covered in dust and stone on streets.
The next night at the Mount Carmel Borough Council meeting, the three councilmembers who also sit on the MCMA board, said they thought Mychak’s comments ludicrous. Shirmer said he did not see how it was possible for only one of the crews to cause dust while performing similar work, and said he reviewed the neighborhood and thought the stone was cinders left behind from the previous snow season.
“They just got a $40,100 permit. If they want the rocks collected, go get a sweeper,” Shirmer said.
The statement severed a long-held agreement where the borough would lend its sweeper to the township to use at the conclusion of snow season at nearly no cost.
Susnoskie said he thought it was time the township got its own sweeper instead of remaining reliant on the borough.
“We don’t want to be in that situation where we’re always asking another municipality for equipment like that,” he said.
Additionally, Susnoskie said the township could clean the streets more regularly if it owned its own sweeper.
“Especially with us getting new roads in Atlas, we want to make sure we get cinders and stuff off the roads,” he said.
Susnoskie said he expects the township to pick up the sweeper early next week and place it on display in the parking lot during the Dec. 13 supervisors meeting. Over the winter, supervisors will work out a street sweeping schedule and set it several weeks in advance so residents become accustomed to moving their cars, he said.