City garbage truck is just fine
By CHUCK CLEMENT, Staff Reporter
Despite any rumors that may be floating around Madison, the city's garbage truck that was purchased about 18 months ago is working just fine.|
Apparently, a story has made its way around the community that the trash compactor which the tandem-axle Freightliner operates has the capability to compact enough solid-waste to overload the truck. The story continues that this garbage "overloading" has caused tire problems.
It would be interesting if the story was true -- but it's not.
Fred Snoderly, Madison's public works director, said the Freightliner 114SD truck with its Loadmaster compactor has been "working really good with no mechanical problems, no tire problems," since city workers started operating the vehicle.
"As for the truck and its operation, the (solid-waste) compactor will squeeze together the garbage tighter than the previous truck could," Snoderly said.
Mayor Roy Lindsay said that he's heard the garbage truck rumors too.
"Word has gone around that (the truck) can get overfilled," Lindsay said. "I've also heard comments about how big the truck is."
"The reality is that, if the truck was hauling a really big load, it could violate state law by hauling too much weight per axle on state highways."
According to Lindsay, overloading the city's garbage truck isn't a real concern when the work crew is picking up the typical trash from Madison homes and businesses. The weight situation might become interesting in rare circumstances, such as in the aftermath of a flood, in which Madison residents start throwing away their waterlogged carpets, carpet padding, and other water-damaged items.
"If we were picking up water-soaked items, there's where we could see a weight problem," Lindsay said.
Snoderly said the public works personnel have enough experience to avoid running into that type of a problem.
"As a general practice, we wouldn't overfill the truck," Snoderly said.
The Madison City Commission decided to purchase the Freightliner chassis and cab during the winter of 2011-12 from the IState Truck Center for $109,500. The trash compactor and rear-load body was an additional purchase for the city.
The specifications for Freightliner's 114SD model indicate that the tandem-drive axle models have weight ratings from 20 to 29 tons. The 114SD models that possess pusher or tag axles have those options rated from 4 to 11 tons.
Madison's 114SD model garbage truck is powered by a Detroit DD13 diesel engine that Freightliner advertises as providing up to 470 horsepower.
The city switched its landfill contract this year, currently hauling its solid waste to Brookings instead of Sioux Falls. The change was partly driven due to Madison's difficulties in meeting the recycling goals set by operators of the Sioux Falls landfill. Madison residents missed meeting a 15-percent recycling goal during 2011, hitting only 14 percent. In 2012, the Sioux Falls facility had set a 16-percent recycling goal. If Madison did not meet the 2012 recycling goal, it's tipping fees were set to increase.
The Brookings landfill did not have recycling goals as part of its contract with Madison.
The Freightliner garbage truck replaced a 1992-model garbage truck that was operated by the city. The old truck was sold as surplus property during the spring of 2012.
©Madison Daily Leader 2013
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