A street sweeper does more than brush leaves off streets. It helps prevent floods. And in a city like Rosenberg, flood prevention is of the utmost priority.

At the Rosenberg City Council meeting Tuesday, council members will discuss 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.

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 available.

Immediately after this discussion concludes, council members will consider extending the street sweeping services contract to Yes America Now, Inc.

In 2019, the city approved a oneyear contract with the option to extend the contract for two oneyear periods at the same rate and terms. The current cost for the street sweeping done by Yes America Now is $50 per curb mile, covering 121 miles.

Yes America Now submitted a base bid of $72,678, and an alternate bid of $16,328 for a total bid amount of $89,006.

The alternate bid item includes four additional street sweeping cycles during the months of November through February, covering 81.64 curb miles at $50 per curb mile. If approved, the contract term would 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.

Yes America Enterprises has been providing the street sweeping services since 2016. According to city staff, the company has performed adequately.

The meeting will be held via Zoom teleconference at 6:30 p.m. 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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