The Greenburgh Town Board is considering the possibility of purchasing a ONE ARMED BANDIT -- a new, more efficient garbage truck that uses one employee instead of three to pick up garbage. As employees in the sanitation department retire the workforce would shrink. Communities that have purhased the truck report faster service and fewer workers compensation claims by injured public works employees. The City of White Plains has been using these vehicles. The Town of Harrison is also interested in the truck.
The “One-Armed Bandit” is an automated refuse collection truck that has the capacity of auto-loading refuse containers three to four times the size of a regular garbage can. It also is capable of making 700 to 1,200 stops per route with a single operator, “all while increasing efficiency for the residents and safety for the operators,” said a report on the system.
When we purchase the truck the town will provide residents with a free, special large container that can be secured by the remote arm on the garbage truck. On collection days, residents will place the container in the street and with a space of four feet between the container and parked vehicles, mailbox, trees or other obstacles. The trash truck driver can then safely pick-up and place back the container in the same location. The automated trash collection program has proven to work well in all types of weather including snow and rain and containers can withstand winds of up to 45 miles per hours.
The program is expected to be less costly than the current system where employees manually place the refuse in the rear loading packer trucks. Funding for the first one arm bandit will be included in the proposed 2013 capital budget, which will be released at the end of October. If the Town Board approves the request, the truck could be operating in the town towards the end of 2013 or early in 2014. We will test the truck on some streets initially - and if we like the truck will purchase additional trucks in future years.
Three time Grammy-award winning bassist John Patitucci leads an stellar band on
October 13th, 2012 at 4:00 pm in a jazz concert to benefit THE YONKERS SHARING
COMMUNITY and HASTINGS HELPS THE HUNGRY, two local organizations which provide meals to the homeless. Other musicians include pianist Gerald Clayton,
saxophonist John Ellis, drummer Paolo Orlandi, percussionist Rogerio Boccato and
gospel vocalist Ruth Naomi Floyd. There will also be a silent auction and Meet
the Musicians reception. All proceeds benefit the two charities. Tickets
are $20 and available at the door or in advance at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/268927
_ Paul Feiner