City of Farmersville accepts funds to replace aging street sweeper

By Crystal Havner
Special to the Sun-Gazette

FARMERSVILLE – When people run for office they say they are going to clean up the streets of their city. Well nobody actually expects them to literally do it, but that’s the case in Farmersville. At their last meeting on Jan. 21 the Farmersville City Council voted 3-0 to use Congestion Management and Air Quality (CMAQ) funding to purchase a street sweeper.

According to current interim city manager and chief of police Mario Krstic, the street sweeper the City owns is in a state disrepair and breaks down often.

“We are continually having to borrow a sweeper from other communities,” said Krstic. “We get behind because we are either without a sweeper or waiting when one is available to borrow.”

According to finance director Steve Huntley none of the $338,000 to purchase the sweeper will come from City funds. The purchase was identified as a capital improvement project in the fiscal budget for this year. It is being funded by Caltrans through the CMAQ program. The City’s matching funds will be paid for by toll credits collected throughout the State and administered by Caltrans.

The City contracted Engineering firm, QK will work with Caltrans to make sure the specified make and model is purchased. The City has selected the TYMCO Model 600 and will advertise in newspapers and work with appropriate dealers.

The Council accepted the Notice of Completion for the Water Meter Replacement Project was completed in November. It was a part of a project that included turf installation around City Hall predominately at the front facing Visalia Road and Virginia Avenue. That portion was completed in July. The Department of Water Resources funded the project to advance water conservation in cities.

In other news:

Council member Greg Gomez, who is the City representative to the Public Transportation Representative to the Tulare County Association of Governments (TCAG) said that Visalia Transit is looking at a $1 raise in one time ride bus fees. He was not sure how that increase would affect monthly and yearly passes.

Mayor Paul Boyer asked that staff take a look at the pedestrian street crossing issue in the city.

“I know that people are crossing a lot without using a cross walk on West Visalia Road. Maybe we need some additional cross walks there,” he said.

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