Wichita Council considers more plow trucks

By: Lily Wu - Email
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WICHITA, Kan.-- The City of Wichita is considering adding plow trucks to its fleet after residents dealt with snowpacked roads.

"We recognize the storm presented us with some problems and definitely an inconvenience to the public. For that, we are sorry," said Robert Layton, city manager.

During a city council presentation this morning, the mayor urged staff to research the costs of adding more plow trucks.

"We just have to figure out, as policy makers, do we want to buy the 70 trucks," said Mayor Carl Brewer. "We give them the tools, they'll get the job done. It's as simple as that."

In the presentation, Wichita looked at statistics from Andover and Haysville. According to their data, Andover has 50 lane miles to plow, compared to 1,500 lanes miles in Wichita. Andover had 4 trucks and 2 motor graders, compared to 50 trucks and 8 motor graders in Wichita. It showed that Wichita would need to add 70 plow trucks and 52 motor graders to match Andover levels.

"I think that they did what they thought were the best things. We carried out steps but anytime you can come away and say, 'I learned something,' I think is beneficial to all of us," said Lavonta Williams, council member.

Staff will look at how much it will cost to purchase additional trucks and they will also find contractors who may provide additional equipment during critical times.

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