The City of Swift Current has decided that it's time to replace a unit from their fleet of graders.

During the city council meeting held Monday night, the topic of buying a new road grader was one of little contention.

The unit being purchased would be a CAT 160 Road Grader, and it would be replacing unit R1, a John Deere 870 GP Grader that has amassed over 5,000 hours.

Presenting the topic to council was Mitch Minken, the general manager of infrastructure and operations for Swift Current. He spoke about why the old unit was being replaced at this time.

"It's a 2009, so it's 13 years old and at this current time it has 5,221 service hours on it," explained Minken. "Which we're told from the suppliers that that's kind of the optimum time for a trade-in."

The new CAT 160 unit will be purchased for a total price of $402,000. That's after the trade-in and taxes.

The wait time for a piece of equipment like this is lengthy, and it should arrive in Swift Current just in time for the snow to return.