Monday, 25 March 2019 16:59

Did you know that Barrett Township owns a street sweeper?

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A few months ago, I filed a right-to-know request asking for an asset inventory of the township maintenance department of any item valued at $500 or above. 

I reached out to York Rake, the manufacturer, asking for information about our town’s 1987 HTR Street Broom.  

One would be forgiven for thinking our town's equipment being too old to get parts for anymore, or that we loaned it to another township.  I learned not only does Barrett Township actually own a street sweeper, but it’s even a current model.  Below is a transcript of my email thread with York Rake.


Can you send any product information for a 1987 HTR York Street broom? And do you have a comparable product in today's lineup?

YORK Broom:
That is still a current model.  Attached is the information you requested.  If you need any further information, please let us know. 

This might be a dumb question but won't that type of 'broom' just kick the road debris up in the air?  Or is there some sort of "vacuum" attachment?  Just seems like you'd make a mess with something like that.  Doesn't seem like it would be a good solution for cinders and road salt as you'd just kick everything into the ditch and into the streams.

YORK Broom:
Actually the broom pushes the debris ahead so it can be windrowed and picked with a loader bucket and in certain areas and situations it can be kicked off to the shoulder of the road. 


Disclaimer: The ideas expressed above are the personal thoughts and opinions of Nate Covington and do not necessarily reflect the position of Barrett Township or its Board of Auditors.

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