We had the public works department put together a cost estimate for doing regular street cleaning, and after adding in the equipment purchase, maintenance, fuel and a trained operator, it was clear that we'd never be able to afford it.
"The option of contracting with a street-sweeping company became the best solution. It was important to me that the streets be swept regularly, and the results have exceeded our expectations. People are noticing that the city looks great, and it's helped ensure that our drains are clear and the stormwater standards are met.
– Councilman Larry Vannoy
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
"We felt like we had a responsibility to the taxpayers to compare that cost - from the salaries and benefits to the life expectancy of the equipment - against the cost of an outsourced sweeping company. It became clear that a contracted service would be a much better value.
"We are very pleased with the value they provide, not only cost-wise but in the level of service. We are looking forward to working with Sweeping Corporation of America for the foreseeable future."
– Robby Stone, Streets Director
"We used to have in-house equipment, but they can do it a lot cheaper than we could. We only had one sweeper, and if it went down we were out of luck.
"We've always had great communication and service from Sweeping Corporation. In fact, over all these years, we've never had a moment's trouble. They do what they say they're going to do, and they do it for a fair price."
– Ray Tarrance, Public Works Director