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City Sweeper cleaned up at Touch A Truck

Published on Tuesday, May 21, 2013

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Bill Ryman brought the City of Greer sweeper truck to Trade Street Tuesday. Children were fascinated with the wire broom that removed debris from the curb and the control panels with its many game-like buttons.

Jim Fair

Bill Ryman brought the City of Greer sweeper truck to Trade Street Tuesday. Children were fascinated with the wire broom that removed debris from the curb and the control panels with its many game-like buttons.



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Hayley, 6, was fascinated with the cabin of the street sweeper.

Jim Fair

Hayley, 6, was fascinated with the cabin of the street sweeper.



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Carol Garrett, 3, shielded her eyes from photographers capturing her roaming on the back of a tow truck.

Jim Fair

Carol Garrett, 3, shielded her eyes from photographers capturing her roaming on the back of a tow truck.



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Touch A Truck just wasn't that exciting to this toddler.

Jim Fair

Touch A Truck just wasn't that exciting to this toddler.



Bill Ryman spent Tuesday washing and cleaning the City of Greer’s street sweeper for the evening’s Touch A Truck event on Trade Street.

Greer police had a patrol car, city fire truck, CPW bucket truck, towing truck, and a school bus were among the vehicles on display.

The cover photo shows Donovan (with glasses) and Noah Yarborough taking command of a city fire truck.

The children that roamed Trade Street gravitated toward Ryman’s truck, intrigued with the wire gutter broom he replaced earlier in the day and all the game-like buttons on the control panel.

Ryman, who works in the city’s public services department, had time for a quick question and answer inbetween the kids wanting to climb into his truck and examine the panel with game-like buttons.

GreerToday.com: How many sweepers does the city have?

Ryman: Just one. It cleans every street in the city.

GreerToday.com: What can’t this truck pick up?

Ryman: It can pick up everything but brush?

GreerToday.com: Is it difficult to operate?

Ryman: Not when you learn to drive it from the right side. Every street is cleaned on the right, on the curb side.

GreerToday.com: What’s the hardest time of the year to clean the streets?

Ryman: Spring and fall. In the spring you have all the little pods falling from the trees and the leaves in the fall.

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