The city organizes weekend solid waste routes

Residential solid waste routes rescheduled for Thursday and Friday will run over the weekend, the city of Hot Springs announced Friday.

Solid Waste Manager Randy Atkinson said accounts slated for collection on Thursday will be collected today and those slated for Friday will be collected on Sunday. Carts must be curbside by 6:00 a.m. on pickup day.

“We don’t care if they release it (Friday night),” he said. “If they want to take it out on the sidewalk (Friday night), that’s fine.”

Thursday’s ice and sleet also slowed Town and Country Sanitation Inc., Garland County’s contracted residential solid waste hauler, for a second straight day on Friday. The Royal Airline said on Friday it will run double runs on Monday and Tuesday to make up for missed runs on Thursday and Friday. Customers whose carts have not been picked up this week are asked to have them curbside by Monday morning, Town and Country said.

The consent program that the Hot Springs board of directors passed earlier this week included a resolution authorizing the solid waste department to purchase two 2023 P164 Mack conventional day cab chassis from Bruckner’s Truck and Equipment. The two Mack trucks will haul 42-foot enclosed trailers that haul garbage to the Saline County Regional Solid Waste Landfill in Bauxite, the city and county’s Class 1, or degradable solid waste, depot, and replace the trucks Mack 2015 and 2019 overall. in accidents last year. Atkinson told council last month that the city was responsible for both crashes.

The first occurred on the off ramp of the bauxite dump.

“The pavement was wet and the tractor lay on its side,” Atkinson told the board. “No one was hurt.”

The second accident happened on Shady Grove Road.

“The right front tire slipped off the road,” Atkinson told the board. “The tractor narrowly missed a huge oak tree and the trailer took the brunt of the impact. The tractor was destroyed.”

The $230,044 cost of the two trucks will be paid for by the $126,395 of the 2022 solid waste budget allocated for a new haul truck and the $103,649 the city received in insurance proceeds.

Transport trucks make several trips a day to bauxite.

“Normally we have six tractors and try to run five intensively,” Atkinson told the board. “Right now we have four tractors. The drivers have to haul three loads a day there, as we drive 1,000 tons a day through the transfer station.

“We need the tractors in case we have one. We have three tractors. The garbage is backing up and we can’t get ahead of them,” he said.

The trucks will be purchased under the contract with Bruckner’s Truck and Equipment approved by the board in 2019. It included an option to renew for four consecutive one-year periods. Bruckner’s offer was the lowest of three responsive offers received by the city and included price adjustments for renewal options.

The cost of the trucks is higher than the 2019 bid, but the council exercised the option rather than asking the city to solicit new bids. Atkinson said at least one truck will be built in June.

“We will have both tractors this year,” he said. “It’s just a question of whether we get both at the same time or one in the second quarter and one in the fourth quarter.”

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