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Harrison Purchases Automated Garbage Truck

HARRISON, N.Y. – The Harrison Village Board bonded $302,000 to purchase a new automated garbage truck at its Thursday meeting, which trustees said would make garbage collection in Harrison more efficient.

The village board also bonded for other items associated with the automated garbage truck including $81,885 for sanitation containers, $36,050 for route optimization software and an additional $24,720 for container tipoff retrofits.

Department of Public Works Commissioner Anthony Robinson said that other options to pay for the garbage truck were leasing, leasing with an option to purchase it later on or renting. Robinson said that if the village board strictly rented the garbage truck it would have cost about $7,800 per month. He said if the village were to have rented a garbage truck, it would have a lesser model than the one it would purchase if it were to bond.

“I’m told that those types of rental agreements are rarely offered to municipalities,” Robinson said. “I don’t think it should be done because it wouldn’t work economically. We would basically have to make up a contract as we go along if we went that way because one doesn’t exist in that form.”

Comptroller Maureen MacKenzie said that when she explored leasing with an option to purchase the garbage truck, her findings were that it would be more expensive than if they were to bond the same piece of equipment over four years. MacKenzie said if the village leased the vehicle, it would have to provide a record to the state comptroller’s office to show that leasing was the better option than bonding.

“If we couldn’t prove that, we couldn’t lease the vehicle,” MacKenzie said.

Robinson said that the village should purchase it. Robinson said that he, several elected officials and some of his staff have traveled to places such as Woodbridge, N.J., Islip, N.Y. and White Plains to see how the garbage truck they are looking to purchase works.

“We have done enough due diligence that it will be successful if we use it,” Robinson said. “The White Plains Common Council approved purchasing a second garbage truck because the first one they purchased was such a success.”

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