City’s new trash trucks have arrived

Published 10:14 pm Monday, August 2, 2010

Randolph James, a Selma Public Works employee, talks with co-workers as he shows off one of three city trash trucks received Monday.--Leesha Faulkner photo

SELMA — They’re here. The long-awaited trash trucks have arrived.

The Selma Public Works Department showed off the white-and-orange vehicles Monday morning in front of the Carl C. Morgan Convention Center.

“We’re glad to have these trucks in,” said Mayor George Evans. “It’s going to help us definitely get the trash cleaned up. We’re still asking the citizens to help us get the litter — the litter part up — but this is going to help us pick up all the trash in the city.”

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Now the city has six trucks to pick up trash — limbs, leaves, boxes — pulled to the side of streets and not considered household garbage.

Randolph James is a driver and operator. He’s glad to see the new tools come in. Monday he showed the air conditioned cab of the truck, offset by the orange trailer and operational cab in the back.

“The trailer has a net,” James said as he turned a crank. “It will keep leaves from blowing out.”

The trash trucks were purchased with a portion of the bond issue approved by voters last year.

James said he expects them to take to the roads later this week.

City officials said the only hurdle left is to have the trucks insured before they are road ready.