By Deb Alberto
For Hometown News
COCOA -- The county solid waste department's new vehicle maintenance facility is nothing to talk trash about.
Despite recent controversy over the county's decision to award a trash pick-up contract to a higher bidder, spokesperson Hillary Arena said the new facility, built to house and maintain trucks, is a much-needed facility that will replace the deteriorating 40-year-old building that was in use.
"It was a collaborative effort between internal departments, which allowed us to come in on time and under budget," Ms. Arena said.
The facility, which will be able to service six vehicles, is four more than the older building. It was constructed in less than a year and built with the assistance of the county's road and bridge construction crews.
"The old building was more than 40 years old," Ms. Arena said. "It was constructed as part of the initial development of the Central Disposal Facility in the late 1960s."
As part of the Capital Improvement Plan, adopted by the Board of County Commissioners, a new Vehicle Maintenance Facility was constructed on the site.
The $2.6 million facility is energy-efficient, and has more than 19,000 square feet, three 110-foot-deep maintenance bays, with rolling service doors, a 7.5-ton capacity overhead bridge crane system, tire storage area, a fully-automatic fire protection alarm and sprinkler system and a parts stock room.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be at 8:30 a.m. Friday, April 4, for the new facility, located at the Central Disposal Facility, 2250 Adamson Road, in Cocoa.
For more information, contact Euripides Rodriguez, director of Solid Waste, Brevard County Solid Waste Department, at (321) 633-2042