Evanston aldermen are scheduled Monday night to approve purchase of three new vehicles designed to clear city sidewalks of snow in the winter and help with cleaning and landscape work in the summertime.

Public Works Director Suzette Robinson is asking for two Bobcat Toolcat plows for $141,000 and one Kubota RTV1100 plow for $29,000.

Robinson says the units will be used for snow and ice control in the downtown area and around schools.

The Bobcats will have plows and snow blowers in addition to the standard bucket that comes with the units.

A Kubota RTV1100 in an image from the Kubota website.

Robinson says the purchase will reduce labor, repair, maintenance and fuel costs for various street and landscape projects.

She also says the city will be able to eliminate a one-ton truck from its fleet as a result of acquiring the new vehicles.

And she says the new units operate on bio-diesel fuel and that all three combined will generate lower emissions and pollutants than the truck being retired.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. It seems unfair if these new

    It seems unfair if these new pieces of equipment are only going to benefit the downtown business area. What about Howard, Main, Dempster, Chicago, Central, and othe business areas.

    There is more to Evanston than downtown and schools. I thought that the schools had their own snow removal equipment.

    1. Downtown is what counts for

      Downtown is what counts for the majority of business activity in town. The other areas are easier to plow, or don't warrant the effort

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