Per Citizen’s Voice article, published Jan.17, 2021. – Wright Twp. acquires new leaf vacuum truck

Wright Twp. recently took delivery of a new leaf vacuum truck that will allow the municipality to resume roadside collection of leaves in the spring, eliminating the need for residents to bag them.

The township received a $197,038 Recycling Development and Implementation Grant from the state Department of Environmental Protection which it will use toward the purchase of the vehicle, which cost approximately $208,000. The township’s share will be 20% of the total cost.

The 2021 Peterbilt chassis was furnished by Hunter Truck, Bartonsville. The truck chassis has a right-hand drive which Peterbilt furnished at no additional cost. The Tarco vacuum unit was supplied by Stephenson Equipment, Pittston. Communications equipment was supplied by Industrial Electronics, Scranton. An additional light package will be installed by E.M. Kutz, Allentown.

Township road foreman Matthew Howton said the new vehicle will allow leaves to be collected using just the operator. The equipment previously used by the township required a crew of four. The 25-cubic yard collection box on the new truck is 30 percent larger, he noted.

With the new vehicle, from left, are Tom Pruzinski, Hunter Truck Co.; state Sen. Lisa Baker (R-20), Michael Marshall, township supervisor and roadmaster; Pamela Heard, township secretary/treasurer; Matthew Howton, chairman of the board of supervisors; Frank Cooper and Mark Smith, township road department.