Walla Walla's garbage truck fleet destroyed

April 2, 2003
Walla Walla, WA's, fleet of 10 garbage trucks was destroyed Tuesday in an early morning fire, with damage estimates reaching as high as $3 million.
Walla Walla, WA's, fleet of 10 garbage trucks was destroyed Tuesday in an early morning fire, with damage estimates reaching as high as $3 million.

The Tri-City Herald reported today that a fire gutted a central section of the city's public services building, burning 10 garbage trucks worth an estimated $1.8 million to $2.2 million.

The city said it would evaluate how best to replace the trucks after talking with its insurance company. Until then, it will lease garbage trucks owned by DSI, a Walla Walla Valley private garbage hauler.

However, leasing about six trucks to provide service could cost the city $12,000 to $30,000 a month, public works director Hal Thomas said. The city's 2003 sanitation budget has about $170,000 in reserves to cover unforeseen expenses.

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