The town of Mount Desert's street sweeper was destroyed when a chunk of granite falling from a ledge on Peabody Drive landed on the cab last month. The operator, Joe Jacobs, sustained minor injuries. Voters will consider borrowing up to $225,000 for a new sweeper at a special town meeting in August. PHOTO COURTESY OF MOUNT DESERT PD

Street sweeper buy is going to voters

MOUNT DESERT — The town’s street sweeper is kaput, having been damaged beyond repair when a large chunk of ledge fell on it on Peabody Drive on May 9.

The operator, Joe Jacobs, sustained minor injuries.

The Board of Selectmen voted Monday night to hold a special town meeting in August — the exact date has not been set — when voters will be asked to authorized the town to borrow up to $225,000 for a new sweeper.

The board also authorized Treasurer Kathi Mahar to work with First National Bank to finalize the terms of a five-year loan with an interest rate of 3.1 percent. First National was one of four banks that submitted loan proposals.

A heavy equipment dealer in Lewiston has offered to sell the town a new street sweeper for $204,500. However, “By the time we get to a special town meeting, it may or may not still be available,” Public Works Director Tony Smith said in a memo to Town Manager Durlin Lunt.

He said the town’s insurance carrier has declared the damaged sweeper a total loss and has paid the town $28,500.

Smith said it is important that it be replaced.

“Like garbage collection … street sweeping is one of the most appreciated services we offer in town,” he said.

He said he based that assessment on “comments we have received over the years.”

Dick Broom

Dick Broom

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Dick Broom covers the towns of Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island High School and the school system board and superintendent's office. He enjoys hiking with his golden retriever and finding new places for her to swim. [email protected]

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