North Olmsted will have a “workshop on wheels” this fall to help deal with sewer, flooding and other potential problems.

On June 23, City Council's environmental services committee unanimously recommended buying a specialized truck from Mtech for $131,888. The Cleveland firm builds specialized trucks and equipment. The truck has a 16-foot crane, generator and other equipment that can be used in field work, said Safety-Service Director Don Glauner. The money will come from the wastewater treatment plant fund, which is designated for work and equipment for the plant. Council was expected to give final approval at its meeting Tuesday night, members said.

“You can take the truck right to the scene of the problem and have the crews go to work because the truck will have a lot of what they’ll need to deal with some emergency issues in addition to handling sewer and water-related problems,” Glauner said. “It will be a good piece of equipment to have around.”

The crane can be used to lift fallen trees and other large debris from storms and flooding. Its versatility will allow it to be used in other service and public works projects in the city, Glauner said.

City officials discussed and approved getting the truck during budget discussions, but held off temporarily to assess the impact of COVID-19 on city finances.

“We wanted to make sure we would have enough people able to work with it and make sure that it's taken care of,” Glauner said. One worker can drive the truck to an accident scene, and others there will also know to handle the equipment.

The city got the truck through the state purchasing plan, which enables participating cities and other governmental agencies in the group to get better prices for equipment, Glauner said.

“We try to use different resources to get the best deal we can,” Glauner said.

Getting the truck is a plus for North Olmsted, said Duane Limpert, chairman of council’s Streets and Transportation Committee.

“It’s something we talked about during budget discussions and thought would be a benefit to the city,” Limpert said.

Having the money come from the wastewater treatment fund also helps during a tight budget year, Limpert said.

“We appreciate the administration monitoring finances and waiting to make sure it wouldn’t cause additional problems in a tight budget year,” he said.

Having good equipment available to deal with issues such as debris and damage from flooding, high winds or inclement weather is a plus, Limpert said.

The truck is expected to be delivered in early fall.

Contact this reporter at assoceditor@westlifenews.com or 440-871-5797.

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