City purchases new track loader
By Robin Scott
The City of Dalhart has acquired a brand new track loader from Warren CAT located in Dalhart. The track loader was delivered to the city by James Peoples, P & P Trucking of Dalhart. The Street and Sanitation Department for the city will use the new loader out at the landfill.
David Gonzales, Street and Sanitation Supervisor, stated Friday, “This loader replaces a ten-year-old loader out at the landfill.” The city advertised for companies to bid on the purchase of the new loader. Warren CAT won the bid, selling the new loader with the trade in of the old one, for approximately $275,000. The shiny new machinery will also likely be operated by David Gonzales as well.
Jay West with Warren CAT’s Amarillo office stated, “What the loader does is compact trash at the landfill. It is the landfill waste handling machine.” He stated that Warren CAT in Dalhart does a great deal of business with local farms and dairies. He noted, “About 70 percent of the business in Dalhart is Ag business. Everything from bulldozers for Dallam County to farm tractors and generators for the dairies.” He also stated that the employees in Dalhart have to wear three or four hats in order to accommodate the different types of businesses in the Dalhart area.
The new track loader was transported to its new home at the Dalhart landfill at approximately 4:00 p.m. on Friday, August 21st. The new loader also has an expected 10-year life. Assistant City Manager James Stroud stated, “This is a great time to remind everyone to use the proper trash dumpsters to recycle. That will keep the landfill under the daily weight restrictions and save the city a great deal of money.”