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For the second time in two years, Newton is without a street sweeper after fires rendered the equipment useless.
Now, city leaders are hoping to invest $40,000 into a replacement so Newton can comply with state and federal stormwater control rules until a new street sweeper can be bought in 2014.
"Our street sweeper is out of commission," said Newton City Manager Todd Clark. "Our permit for stormwater control mandates we operate a street cleaning program. At this point we are not compliant with this unfunded mandate."
To read more of this story, pick up the weekend print edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.