PORTAGE | The Board of Works on Monday approved seeking bids for two more automated trash trucks.
Once they arrive, in April or May, said Assistant Street/Sanitation Department Superintendent Randy Reeder, the department will be fully automated.
Reeder said the trucks will cost between $215,000 and $240,000 each and are built into the department's 2014 budget.
Once they arrive, the city will have seven automated trucks, which includes two the city purchased from Valparaiso and three it purchased earlier this year.
Reeder said once all seven are in the city, four will be used on trash routes, two on recycling routes and the seventh will be a back up.
Reeder said recycling is presently completely automated, but trash pick up is not.
Once all are in place, the city will be able to operate with one-man trucks, he said, adding they also will begin educating residents on where toters should be located on the curb so that a second person is not needed on the trucks.
In other business, the board approved the use of streets surrounding Founder's Square Park for the June 14 and 15 Taste of Porter County. Organizer Joe Duron said some streets around the park will be closed for those two days. He will also have to seek approval from the city's Redevelopment Commission to use the park.
They also approved the use of city streets and portions of the Prairie Duneland Trail for the Portage Township YMCA's 13th annual Turkey Trot 5K run on Thanksgiving morning.