As the City of Vaughan, Ontario, Canada, continues to respond to COVID-19, keeping Vaughan clean is a top priority for the team in Public Works. Thanks to the local business community, that job just got easier.

Joe Johnson Equipment (JJE), a subsidiary of Federal Signal Corp, and Canada’s largest infrastructure-maintenance equipment provider, has loaned the City an Elgin street sweeper and a Vactor 2100i combination sewer cleaner for 30 days as a service-in-kind donation.

“As the City of Vaughan continues to take action to protect residents, businesses and neighborhoods from COVID-19, we remain focused on keeping Vaughan clean. During these extraordinary times, City employees are demonstrating service excellence. They are on the frontlines every day to ensure the safety of our community,” Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua. “JJE has answered the call and is doing its part to allow essential services to continue in our city. This donation reflects the strong community of businesses here in Vaughan that continue to give of themselves in a generous and meaningful way. We are grateful for JJE’s commitment to city-building and protecting the health and well-being of all citizens. While we are facing unprecedented challenges, I know that by working together, we will emerge stronger.”

In addition to using these vehicles for the deep-cleaning required at this time of year, this donation will allow the City to explore additional cleaning opportunities. JJE will assist with training City staff on how to use the trucks.

Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua stands alongside two machines donated by Joe Johnson Equipment.

This marks the latest step to support the community at this challenging time. In April, Public Works launched additional Double-Up Days, the leaf and yard waste program was reinstated, and all facilities within parks were closed to help break the chain of transmission of the virus. Crews also launched street sweeping operations and the annual spring cleanup of garbage and debris on public property across the city earlier than in previous years.

SOURCE – City of Vaughan

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