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Did you know that Barrett Township owns a street sweeper?

A few months ago, I filed a right-to-know request asking for an asset inventory of the township maintenance department of any item valued at $500 or above. 

I reached out to York Rake, the manufacturer, asking for information about our town’s 1987 HTR Street Broom.  

One would be forgiven for thinking our town's equipment being too old to get parts for anymore, or that we loaned it to another township.  I learned not only does Barrett Township actually own a street sweeper, but it’s even a current model.  Below is a transcript of my email thread with York Rake.

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Me:
Can you send any product information for a 1987 HTR York Street broom? And do you have a comparable product in today's lineup?

YORK Broom:
That is still a current model.  Attached is the information you requested.  If you need any further information, please let us know. 

Me:
This might be a dumb question but won't that type of 'broom' just kick the road debris up in the air?  Or is there some sort of "vacuum" attachment?  Just seems like you'd make a mess with something like that.  Doesn't seem like it would be a good solution for cinders and road salt as you'd just kick everything into the ditch and into the streams.

YORK Broom:
Actually the broom pushes the debris ahead so it can be windrowed and picked with a loader bucket and in certain areas and situations it can be kicked off to the shoulder of the road. 

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Disclaimer: The ideas expressed above are the personal thoughts and opinions of Nate Covington and do not necessarily reflect the position of Barrett Township or its Board of Auditors.

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0 #6 Phil Hosbach 2019-04-10 08:44
When we first moved to Barrett in the early 1990’s the street sweeper was used extensively in the Spring on most of our roads to clean things up. It’s too bad that was curtailed or significantly scaled back.
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0 #5 K. Weiler 2019-04-09 13:21
I believe the sweeper is only used when should(er) work is done and the debris needs to be swept back onto the shoulder. Ask John Seese. Some of the wintertime cinders and a good bit of the salt is washed into our streams. I have a few places to illustrate that.
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0 #4 Nate Covington 2019-03-26 10:22
@Dennis - From my angle, sweeping the streets is not a waste of taxpayer money. It shows that we take pride in our township. It also saves money in the long run because all of the cinders that they put down in the winter make potholes worse and add to the wear and tear on our vehicles. Plus the cinders that are swept up can be re-used the following year.

Quoting Dennis Mercurio:

So let's get real do we need to was tax payer money on sweeping roads. Personally and I am only speaking for myself and myself " ONLY " ! .
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-1 #3 Dennis Mercurio 2019-03-26 10:11
I think our township guys do a pretty Damm good job. We are a rural community or we are supposed to be.
So let's get real do we need to was tax payer money on sweeping roads. Personally and I am only speaking for myself and myself " ONLY " ! .
I would rather see time well spent on more pressing issues problems that need attention than worrying about sweeping roads. This is not City. And it's pretty easy being a armchair quarterback. Lighten up people on our road department. You keep poking the Bear you know what will eventually happen. You will definitely get more bees with honey than you do with vinegar. Maybe we should all talk a harder look into what these guys do before casting stones at them. Once again I am " ONLY " speaking for myself . I am not forcing my opinion on anyone.
Feel free to cast stones at me if you like for expressing my feelings.
And to our road department keep up the good work. And thanks for the great job that you do !
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+1 #2 Markus Mignat 2019-03-26 07:35
The township has all the tools and manpower necessary to maintain roads, signs, parks, etc. For some reason they are just not willing to do so.
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+1 #1 Patricia 2019-03-26 07:30
Do we use it?
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