New Grapple Truck Now in Service
The Brentwood Public Works Department has received its newest piece of equipment which is already in service. You may have noticed a different type of truck helping to collect piles of debris in your neighborhoods lately. The new $135,000 Petersen TL-3 Lightning Loader, or commonly called 'a grapple truck' will help make the collection process more efficient. In the past, the city has used two operators per truck, for a total of ten operators for the city's five trucks. When Public Works Director Todd Hoppenstedt evaluated the department's processes and procedures, he recommended the truck's purchase to save time and employee injures.
Hoppenstedt said, "The chipper service work is very labor intensive requiring employees to pull and pick up heavy tree limbs and debris This new truck will allow us to use the machine to pick up the material, keep the operator out of harms way, and use one operator per truck instead of two."
The grapple truck, which will work in conjunction with the department's five chipper trucks to improve the service level of our brush program while expediting the collection of large and/or heavy material.
Please help crews with the chipper service by avoid stacking landscape debris in or near drainage ditches, including piling of brush near the headwall or culverts located at the bottom of your driveway. The grapple truck will not be able to maneuver closely to other objects, so please make sure your debris piles are stack with enough distance from other items. Please also remember that plastic bags will no longer be accepted.
The City of Brentwood Public Work crews have also been working to clear storm drains in light of last week's abundance of rain. Despite the extra workload, the weekly brush collection is on schedule for February 25- March 1, which is the 4th week on the brush collection.