The City of Altus Street Department recently purchased two new vehicles to replace very old worn ones. A new city street sweeper was purchased for $170,000, and a city dump yard truck (with an attached snow blade plow) was purchased for $80,000. The financial investment of purchasing the vehicles were paid completely in full. The money came from the city street and alley fund, derived from the city fuel taxes. The street department will use both vehicles on a daily basis, and the attachable snow blade as needed.
The vehicles were needed because the Street Department duties and responsibilities include maintaining the alleys, storm drains, detention ponds and street signs. Cleaning up after any type of chemical or fluid spill on a city street is another important duty.
City of Altus Street Commissioner Chad Osborne, said the Street Department is responsible for maintaining proper and safe traffic flow for Altus streets at all times. There are 81 miles of alleys and 131 miles of street in Altus.
As spring and summer arrives more mowing will occur. The street department reminds residents to not blow cut grass onto the street because clippings can clog the storm drains, which leads to damage, needed repairs and additional cost to taxpayers.
Reach Mary O. Esparza at 580-482-1221 ext. 2077