By CHRIS LADD
A Portland sanitation truck was involved in an accident on Wednesday June 6, at the intersection of Hwy. 109 and Hwy. 25 in Gallatin.
The truck turned over and struck another vehicle. The incident involved minor injuries and blocked traffic for several hours.
Portland Mayor Ken Wilber says that Portland residents shouldn’t have any problems with their trash being picked up on time.
“We have a backup truck that can be used when we have problems occur,” Wilber said.
Wilber says they are waiting to hear back from insurance on replacing the truck that was involved in the accident.
The city of Portland has four sanitation trucks that were in use. Only two or three of those trucks are used on a daily basis.
The Council recently approved the purchase of a new side-loading garbage truck for the Sanitation Department for a cost of $270,151. The side-loading truck is something the City had wanted to purchase in an effort to cut down on worker’s compensation claims and injuries on the job. It will fully automate the trash collection process at the curb.
The City recently began an ad campaign in an effort to alert residents and customers regarding new procedures for trash pickup.
Wilber says the new side-loading truck should be ready in the next few weeks.