The current 15-year-old street sweeper, according to Patchogue Village trustee Sal Felice, has been in such disrepair that the village has been receiving complaints.
During the last board meeting, held earlier this month, Felice gained support for the allocation of funds to enter into a lease agreement for a brand-new TYMCO600 regenerative air sweeper with a cost of upwards of $200,000.
The new machine, Felice said, will also be capable of vacuuming storm drains and will be funded through a five-year lease agreement. The process, Superintendent of Highways Joseph Dean explained, requires no mechanical parts and creates an area of negative air pressure under the vehicle.
“The demonstration really sold the machine,” Felice said at the meeting. “It’s a nice piece of equipment.”
The old equipment, Pontieri added, was in such poor shape it had really only been used for emergencies and events like the Patchogue-Medford Prom held on Main Street. The old machine, Dean said, will likely be used as a backup or sold for parts if it shows any value in doing so.
During the meeting, trustees also announced the rebuilding of sidewalks on Church Street through CDA money.