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Beline Obeid
November 22, 2012
By Brad Lindberg

Staff Writer

Christmas came early to a pair of public works departments.

They took receipt last week of garbage trucks obtained at more than 90 percent discount.

Federal grants funded both deals.

“We got a $176,000 grant and the truck was $178,100,” said Gary Huvaere, City of Grosse Pointe public service director.

The City paid less than 2 percent of the purchase price.

The truck came with a snowplow attached.

“That means winter’s coming,” Huvaere said.

The new truck replaces a 15-year-old model being put up for sale.

In Grosse Pointe Shores, public works director Brett Smith put in service a $147,000 truck for which the city paid $12,000.

A grant covered the $135,000 balance.

“It worked out pretty good,” Smith said. “It’s a great addition to our fleet, something sorely needed.”

The truck replaces a 1985 model the Shores bought used from Grosse Pointe Farms.

Interplay between Pointe public works departments predates the recession and cost savings through shared services.

“We’re always looking to improve our fleet any way we can,” Smith said.

“The old truck is being borrowed by Grosse Pointe Park,” Smith said.

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