A city-owned street sweeper could be in Rosenberg’s future.
But because it’s not budgeted, it won’t be happening any time soon.
At the last regular Rosenberg City Council meeting, council members discussed the purchase of a street sweeper.
This item was placed on the agenda by Mayor Bill Benton, who has advocated for a city-owned street sweeper for years.
“When I got on council, for the first two years, we didn’t have any street sweeping,” Benton told his colleagues.
“Then we were able to get it back into the budget after a lot of discussion. And we’ve been able to maintain from there. I brought this on there to see if y’all have an interest in going in a different direction instead of keeping putting money in with a lease. It’s going to be one of those things you just have to gauge.”
City staff noted that the estimated cost to purchase a street sweeper is $253,000 or $46,000 per year to lease.
In addition to the cost of the street sweeper, the annual operating costs are approximately $74,000 including personnel, maintenance, fuel and insurance. Should the city choose to purchase a street sweeper rather than leasing one, there would also be an annual fleet replacement cost of $35,000.
In 2016, council approved reserving $120,000 in the fleet replacement fund for the future purchase of a street sweeper. According to city staff, these funds are readily available.
“I think with the cost we’re paying now and not having to worry about personnel, it’s better to keep it the way it is,” council member Isaac Davila said.
Council member Susan Euton agreed, adding that the personnel cost was her greatest concern.
The current cost for the street sweeping done by Yes America Now is $50 per curb mile, covering 121 miles.
Yes America Now’s current contract is for $72,678, with an additional cost of $16,328 for a total bid amount of $89,006.
Council member Tim Anders said that for now, it’s cheaper to continue using the leased contract.
The contract term, which was approved by council Tuesday, will be from March 1 through Feb. 28, 2022, with the option to extend for one additional one-year terms at the discretion of the city.
According to City Manager John Maresh, the city could cancel the contract free of service at any time with a 30-day notice.