The BramsonMobile, the Mayor's "Green" Garbage Truck, is headed back to ElectroMotive Designs (EMD) in Long Island for servicing, sources say. The truck is in need of repair due to a broken blade in the hopper and will undergo a brake inspection.
These same sources say the truck has become so unreliable that it can no longer be operated with the electrical system engaged making the truck nothing more than a very expensive regular diesel engine truck. Photos obtained by Talk of the Sound (above) show the truck "in line" with no electrical lines running to the truck.
Council members Stowe and St. Paul asked questions about the truck at the recent City Council meeting (6 minute video below). Asked to give a figure for the cost to convert the vehicle, Chuck Strome and his staff become bit tongue-tied and fail to answer. At one point, Strome ventures to provide a figure "a hundred..." (as in a hundred-something thousand and then backs off.