The Town of Slave Lake will be buying a new Raymax brand street sweeper. This is a budgeted item for 2020. The cost comes in just under that, at $360,400. The old sweeper goes to the dealer for $12,000.
Public works director Calvin Couturier explained to council at its Sept. 15 meeting that the new unit is a different sort of machine than the ones that have been used in the past, being designed differently. For one thing it has a single steering wheel, centrally mounted in the cab. Traditionally, sweepers have been fitted with steering wheels on both sides. Convenient, perhaps, but more expensive.
The operators were impressed when they tried out the Raymax, Couturier said; other municipalities who use the Raymax also have good things to say about it.
The trade-in amount offered for the old Elgin sweeper was lower than in the other two bids, but the advantages outweigh that, Couturier told council. For one thing, the town mechanic can get certified and do warranty work in-house.
“That’s huge,” he said. “We won’t have to haul it to the city.”