Sherman recently spent more than $800,000 to replace vehicles and trailers for the Solid Waste Services Department.


The city purchased a pair of truck bodies through the Texas Local Government Purchasing Cooperative and chassis for those bodies from the Houston-Galveston Area Council of Governments to replace two trucks. The replacement for the department’s 2003 model automated side load residential solid waste truck, which was the oldest side load truck in the department’s fleet, cost a total of $299,197 for the body and chassis. The replacement for the 2004 model front load commercial solid waste truck, which city staff said was difficult to maintain and inefficient because of its age, cost the city a total of $287,499.


City staff said making the purchases through the Houston-Galveston Area Council of Governments meets Texas statutes concerning competitive bids and proposals because all products and services offered by the COG have been subjected to competitive bids or a competitive proposal process.


Sherman also spent $134,192.20 on a Kensworth transfer tractor to replace a 2002 model residential solid waste transfer tractor that, because of its age, is difficult to maintain and inefficient and $84,601 on a Wilkens transfer trailer to replace a 2001 model transfer trailer generally used for recyclable material that has deteriorated beyond repair.


The transfer tractor and transfer trailer, like the truck bodies, were purchased through the Texas Local Government Purchasing Cooperative. That group was created to simplify the purchasing process and increase the purchasing power of government entities.


City staff said funding for the equipment purchases was including in the 2016-2017 fiscal year Solid Waste Services budget.