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Duncan bucks up to keep storm drains clean

City taxpayers are poised to spend some $270,000 on a new vacuum truck to clean debris from Duncan’s storm drains and sewer lines.

Mayor Phil Kent said city hall’s seeking bids for a Vactor rig to replace long-time duty done by public works’ street sweeper.

“Staff needs the right tools,” he said of the dreck-and-twig rig that could arrive by late fall.

“This will reduce use of the sweeper that gets way too much use.”

The Vactor would also see action during city excavation work, and in swabbing service lines in the 17 kilometres of roadways in Duncan’s two square kilometres, Kent explained.

Council may debate renting out its Vactor truck to other local governments, Councillor Paul Fletcher noted.

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