KCK Welcomes Day of the Dead-Themed Street Sweeper

Published on March 06, 2024

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The Unified Government’s (UG) Public Works Department is excited to unveil the latest addition to its Street Maintenance fleet: a new Elgin® Pelican® broom sweeper, distinguished by its maneuverability and exceptional debris handling. This addition continues Kansas City’s tradition of leveraging cutting-edge technology for civic betterment and celebrates community spirit through a unique artistic collaboration.

As part of an ongoing initiative to enhance local streets and the environment, the Public Works Department has partnered with the Central Avenue Betterment Association (CABA) and Key Equipment & Supply Co. to introduce a street sweeper wrapped in a vibrant Day of the Dead theme. This unique design, sponsored by Key Equipment, honors CABA’s significant contribution to the community through its Day of the Dead Celebration and underscores the practice of commemorating local culture and landmarks on municipal equipment, especially sweepers.

“Introducing the Elgin Pelican into our fleet underscores our commitment not only to superior street maintenance and environmental stewardship but also to celebrate our community’s rich cultural tapestry,” remarked Dewayne Smith, Public Works Street Maintenance Manager. “Its cutting-edge features are set to significantly boost our capabilities in keeping our streets clean and secure.”

This tradition of thematic vehicle wraps goes beyond aesthetic appeal, serving as moving monuments that reflect the community’s values, achievements, and cultural events. Previous themes have included local sports teams, schools, and other community programs, each telling a story of local pride and unity.

CABA’s Executive Director, Edgar Galicia, shared his excitement over the collaboration: “Being part of this initiative is a fantastic tribute to our Day of the Dead Celebration. It showcases the vibrant community spirit and cultural richness of Kansas City, Kansas.”

Incorporating the sweeper into the UG’s fleet represents more than a practical upgrade—it symbolizes the community’s ongoing efforts to enhance the living standards for all residents while fostering a sense of identity and pride through creative expression.

The UG thanks CABA and Key Equipment & Supply Co. for their work on this project.

Learn more about street sweeping:

Why is street sweeping important?

Street sweeping is vital for removing debris, preventing stormwater pollution, enhancing road safety by keeping surfaces clear and improving the overall aesthetic and health of communities.

How does street sweeping benefit the environment?

It prevents pollutants from entering water bodies, improves air quality by reducing dust and particulate matter, and supports water conservation through advanced, waterless cleaning technologies.

Can street sweeping improve road safety?

Yes, by removing hazardous debris and maintaining clear visibility of road markings, street sweeping significantly reduces the risk of accidents and ensures safer navigation for both pedestrians and motorists.

What are the beautification benefits of street sweeping?

Regular sweeping enhances the visual appeal of neighborhoods and commercial areas, fostering a sense of pride and community well-being, while also making areas more inviting for residents, visitors, and potential customers.