Something New is Sweeping Through Coral Springs

Something New is Sweeping Through Coral Springs

Elgin street sweeper {Elgin}

By Bryan Boggiano

Residents who dread unclogging their street gutters following afternoon thunderstorms have something to celebrate.

The city commission unanimously approved purchasing a $281,040 2022 Elgin street sweeper on Dec. 1.

Through their contract with the Florida Sheriff’s Association which expires in 2023, the city will purchase the vehicle from Environmental Products Group, Inc.

According to a city document, sweeping the roads will improve the aesthetics of city streets and neighborhoods.

John Norris, director of public works, said that after hurricanes and tropical storms, the street sweeper would be vital for opening up roadways for emergency services and first responders and help reduce items clogging drains and sewers.

The city currently has a limited street-sweeping operation on main roads through an outside contractor, but with the new sweeper, they will have more control over operations, allowing the sweeper to cover more places and bring quality service.

“That’s going to be a big win for all of the residents of the city to have a street sweeper going around regularly and cleaning up the leaves,” Norris said.

It will operate eight hours per day, but the city can expand operations to 24 hours. The city will observe how many miles the sweeper covers and how effective it operates before considering purchasing additional vehicles.

Norris also mentioned plans to offer the service to private homeowners associations and other cities. However, City Manager Frank Babinec said that there has to be a contract in place for private communities to be served and reimbursement to the city.

Commissioner Joy Carter asked about issues with maintenance, which Norris said is not a major concern. The steel brooms will need to be replaced, which the operator will handle.

Vice Mayor Joshua Simmons made the motion to approve. Commissioner Shawn Cerra seconded. The commission unanimously voted in favor.

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Bryan Boggiano
A University of Florida journalism graduate, Bryan is pursuing his masters in geosciences at Florida International University. He has a strong interest in weather, entertainment, and journalism.

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