By Andru McCracken

McBride Councillors Rosemary Hruby, Allan Frederick, Diane Smith and Lucille Green check out the newest addition to the McBride Public Works Fleet. A 2020 Freightliner chassis and 18 cubic yard Haul-All packer with a right side stand-up cab arrived on July 25, 2019 to spell off the 1997 Haul-All Refuse Truck that has served McBride for the last 22 years. The new truck has a rear-view camera and semi-automated cart tipper, allowing the future transition to a cart system and will help prevent occupational injuries. /ANDREA ARNOLD

The Village of McBride has a new 2020 Freightliner Truck with a garbage packer. It was delivered on July 25.

After 22 years of service, public works is retiring its 1997 garbage truck.

The new truck has a rearview camera and a semi-automated cart tipper that will allow the village to eventually transition to a cart system.

The Village’s Chief Administrative Officer Sheila McCutcheon said the new system will result in fewer injuries and a more efficient garbage run.

Clint Colins, the Village’s Public Works Mechanic who has kept the old garbage truck operating faithfully, is glad of the change.

“I have lifted countless number of cans over the years: I am looking forward to lifting less,” said Colins.

Council said with careful planning the Village has purchased a truck with the capabilities of modernizing the garbage collection system and it will serve the village well for at least 20 years.