The city of Elkins plans to start putting its new $153,000 2012 Challanger street sweeper to use next week.
Elkins Operations Manager Bob Pingley said cleaning the streets does more than just beautify the city, it helps prevent problems with the storm water and sewer systems.
"It is something the DEP (Department of Environmental Protection) likes to see because it keeps stuff out of the river and the sewer system," he said. "It (the debris) doesn't have much of an impact on the sewer plant, but it will clog lines and storm drains."
Pingley said the new truck-mounted sweeper replaces the aging street sweeper purchased by the city in 1995. Expenses racked up as the city tried to keep the sweeper operational and the equipment was out of service several times last year.
"We were putting more money in it that it is worth," he said.
"The life expectancy is usually only seven years and we got 16 years of use out of it. We are hoping to sell the old one. It is not worth putting the money into to keep is as a back-up."
Mondays 4 a.m. to 7 a.m.
Davis Avenue, 11th Street, 15th Street, 14th Street, Henry Avenue, John Street, Kerens Avenue, Railroad Avenue, Scott Street, South Davis Avenue (11th Street to 15th Street), South Railroad Avenue, Tenth Street, Thirteenth Street, Ward Avenue (South Davis Avenue to Livingston Avenue).
Mondays 8 .m. to noon
Baxter Street, Blaine Avenue, Bridgewater Street ,Center Street, Chestnut Street, Conaway Drive, Davis Street, Dowell Street, Evans Drive, Evergreen Drive, Ferndale Drive, Graham Street, Riverview Drive, Robinhood Lane, Sixteenth Street, South Davis Avenue (15th Street to Robinhood Lane), South Earle Street, South Gate Road, Sylvester Drive, Vector Avenue, Ward Avenue (Alexander Avenue to South Davis Avenue), Whiteman Run.
Tuesday 4 a.m. to 7 a.m.
Church Lane and Parking Lot, Court Street, Fifth Street, First Street, Fourth Street, Gay Street, Hemlock Avenue, High Street (Davis Street to Boundary Avenue), Park Street, Randolph Avenue, Second Street, Sixth Street, Sycamore Street (Randolph Avenue to Buffalo Street), Third Street.
Tuesday 8 a.m. to noon
Boundary Avenue, Boyd Street, Buffalo Street, Cole Avenue, Diamond Street, Easy Street, Elm Street, Fayette Street, High Street (Boundary Avenue to Terrace Avenue), Key Street, Lavalette Avenue, Livingston Avenue, Locus Street Street, Marro Drive, Oak Street, Prospect Street, South Henry Avenue, South Kerens Avenue, Taylor Avenue, Vine Street, Weese Street.
Wednesday 6 a.m. to 8 a.m.
Dent Street, Gorman Avenue,Harrison Avenue, Martin Street, Reed Street, Robert E. Lee Avenue, Worth Avenue,
Wednesday 8 a.m. to noon
Barnard Avenue, Capitol Street, Cherry Street, Colonial Estates, Earle Street, Findley Street, Glendale Avenue, Goff Street, Grant Street, Guy Street, Heavener Avenue, Highland Meadows, Lincoln Avenue, Lincoln Avenue Extension, Lough Street, Maple Street, Maryland Avenue, North Washington Avenue, Orchard Street, Pine Street, Streetate Street, Summit Street, Terrace Avenue, Washington Avenue, Wayne Avenue, Wees Street, Westtview Drive,Yokum Street (Robert E Lee Avenue to Lough Street).
Thursday 6 a.m. to 8 a.m.
Gateway, Hanley Street, North Randolph Avenue, Wilson Street.
Thursday 8 .m. to noon
Andrews Street, Central Street, Cherokee Street, College Street, Delaware Avenue, Edgewood Lane, Ellis Avenue, Grandview Avenue, John Street (Center Street to Davis Street), Main Street, Mingo Street, Mountain View Drive, North Avenue, Pleasant Avenue, River Street, Savannah Street, Southview Drive, Spruce Street, Sunset Drive, West Central Street, West Street Main Street, White Oak Lane, Wilton Avenue, Yokum Street (Robert E. Lee Avenue to Harrison Avenue).
Pingley said the new truck sits lower to the ground and will avoid low tree limbs.
Pingley said the city is waiting to receive the license on the vehicle so insurance can be placed on the vehicle.
"We hope to start sweeping next week, but we will not issue tickets until May," he said.
All vehicles are required to be off the street on the day sweeping is to occur. The street sweeper schedule is available at city hall and on the city's website, www.cityofelkinswv.com.