Friday, October 30, 2009

Another Good Idea From Maintenance

Rich Girard, Assistant Manager of the Maintenance Department, had another good idea. At the ACHD Commission Wednesday meeting on October 28, 2009, we approved the purchase of 2 pup trailers.

What are pup trailers you ask? Well, much as some commissioners love to talk about dogs, this equipment has nothing to do with animals, but rather they are the little trailers that are pulled behind dump trucks.

Currently, ACHD crushes 50,000 tons of material each year and it costs about $9.50 a ton to haul it where it needs to go. By using a pup trailer to maximize the loads, taxpayers will save $3.50 a ton or $175,000 per year. As each pup trailer will cost $87,758 each, we can expect to have this equipment pay for itself in just one year.

Congratulations to Rich Girard for always thinking, and keep the good ideas coming.


At November 13, 2009 at 3:49 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rich has also been working on other cost-savings projects for ACHD -- new, energy-efficient lighting, and more.

Keep up the good work, Rich!


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