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Ellinwood trash truck in need of repair
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ELLINWOOD — The Ellinwood City Council  heard at its meeting last week that a side loading trash truck is in need of repair.
City Administrator Bob Peter reported that the engine in the truck which was purchased in 2006 for $72,000 should have lasted for 15 years, but the engine will have to be replaced.
The cost of a rebuilt engine is $28,000 to $30,000. Peter had fluids from the engine and transmission sent off for analysis, and is looking into prices for a rebuilt engine versus a new engine. The council also discussed if twice a week pickup was necessary since the grass clippings are no longer allowed in the regular trash carts.
Both items were tabled. A special meeting will be held if necessary when the prices on the repair are available.
Also, the 1989 F350 Ford truck that hauls the recycle bins to the recycling center once a week threw a piston and cannot be repaired.  Peter said that although there are other trucks that can handle the recycling trailer, it causes severe stress on the engine due to its size. The council voted to repair the engine.
In final business, the council:
•Approved transfer from the Electric Reserve Fund to the Electric Operating Fund of $50,000.
•Presented a Service Award to Cody Waite for five years of service to the fire department.
•Heard a report on the dilapidated property at 3rd and Wieland. A demolition company will be hired.
•Tabled the topic of employee raises until July.