The city of Rosenberg might get its own street sweeper.

At the May Rosenberg City Council workshop meeting, council members discussed the leasing or purchasing of a city street sweeper.

This item was placed on the agenda by council member Jacob Balderas.

“This item was put here by me in order for council to consider the possibility of leasing a street sweeper,” Balderas began. “With these leases, the maintenance, warranty and everything is already included. There is no need for an additional mechanic.

“The advantage of leasing is you get a new model for the same amount you’re paying. That’s what I’m proposing you at least look into.”

The city currently utilizes a private contractor to provide street sweeping services at an annual cost of $89,006. The estimated cost to purchase a street sweeper is approximately $250,000.

Balderas said when looking at quotes, the city could rent a street sweeper for as little as $35,000 per year.

Mayor Bill Benton said he’s been trying to get the city its own street sweeper for nine years.

“This is a municipal service,” Balderas reminded council. “If we needed to supplement some of the cost, we could look into a $1 per month street sweeping fee.”

Benton said adding this fee could complicate the budget process.

“Jacob, look into leasing and how much it would cost and see if it makes financial sense,” Benton said.

Council member Kevin Raines said he felt secure with the current street sweeping contract, but the rest of council said looking into leasing was worth it.

“Go out there and get us a good deal,” Benton told Balderas.

This item will be brought back to council as information becomes available.

The next council meeting will be July 7 at City Hall, located at 2110 Fourth St.

Citizens will not be allowed to attend council meetings, but can still ask questions via letters, telephone or email.

Email comments to dswint@rosenbergtx.gov. Meetings can be watched live on the city’s YouTube Channel “RosenbergTXGov,” on the city’s website at www.rosenbergtx.gov/tv, and on Comcast Channel 16.

for residents within the city limits.

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