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Ogdensburg DPW scheduled to get new sewer truck

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A new sewer-cleaner truck is headed to the Ogdensburg Department of Public Works this year after City Council approved a $300,000 contract with Joe Johnson Equipment USA, Rochester, Monday.

The new Vector truck will replace the current model, which is more than 15 years old, said DPW Supervisor Gregg E. Harland.

“If we don’t have a vacuum truck, we’re out of business,” Mr. Harland said.

The truck, which comes equipped with a heavy-duty vacuum apparatus, is used to clean out city sewers and water pipes and is often deployed when DPW is working to fix leaks.

Mayor William D. Nelson said the truck is capable of sucking up dirt, mud, water and whatever else is in the system to enable DPW employees to fix leaks safely.

“That piece of equipment is unbelievable,” Mr. Nelson said. “It’s a workhorse.”

Mr. Nelson said the truck also gives DPW the ability to do preventative maintenance on the sewer lines by periodically cleaning up lines that have become choked by debris. “They go around, clean them right out and it keeps from major backups.”

City Manager John M. Pinkerton said the truck is occasionally used during major car or truck accidents to clean up leaking fuel.

Mr. Pinkerton said the city received $37,000 for a trade-in on the vehicle, making the final price for the new truck $308,195.

Mr. Harland said the vehicle will be delivered within 210 days after the city makes the order.

With the trucks expected to last at least 12 years, Mr. Harland said he hopes to be able to get 15 years out of the new truck.

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