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Ripon replacing garbage trucks lost to fire damage
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A few months ago, the City of Ripon lost a pair of garbage trucks to fire damage.

So says Leo Zuber at the recent Ripon City Council meeting.

The elected leader was pleased to know that the two new trucks will soon be delivered here as early as next month.

“This could be done because insurance money was being used and not city money,” said Public Works Director Ted Johnston of the process on the open bids used for these two vehicles.

Western Truck Center won out on the Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) power refuse collection trucks at the Nov. 1 with a proposal of $323,541 that met all of the requirements as detailed in the specifications.

TEC of California actually came out with the low bid ($318,328) but was found to be “noncompliance with the specifications,” according to Engineering Supervisor James Pease in his report to the council.

He added that back in 2014, the City was awarded with a Congestion Mitigation of Air Quality for $74,240 to partially fund a new CNG refuse truck – that helped out with some of the cost along with remaining amount being paid for through the capital garbage fund.

Western Truck Center had two proposals – the other was for $325,324 – when the bidding opened on Oct. 31.

“The bids were for two different style trucks,” City Administrator Kevin Werner said.


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