Supervisors OK purchase of new road grader
BY BROOKS TAYLOR
Mt. Pleasant News
Henry County’s secondary-roads department will welcome a new diesel Gradall hydraulic excavator in March.
Henry County supervisors approved the purchase of the equipment during their regular meeting Tuesday. The Gradall XL 4100 IV hydraulic excavator will be purchased for $330,000 from Mid-Country Machinery of Waterloo. There will be no trade-in. County Engineer Jake Hotchkiss said his department will try to sell the 2001 grader the new grader will be replacing.
“The last six months, we have been investigating which way we wanted to go on equipment, and we decided on the grader,” Hotchkiss explained. “The company allowed us to use the grader a little last summer and it worked well. This one gives us a little mobility to get around the county.”
Hotchkiss said the old grader would be used this winter. He said the county will pay a down payment on the grader when it is received and pay the balance on July 1, the start of fiscal year 2018.
Snowfall removal during the weekend of Dec. 17-18 went well, the engineer continued. Snowplow trucks were sent out Saturday and Sunday mornings and also Monday morning to finish up.
Last week, the engineering department worked on hauling sand from West Burlington to replenish the sand pile and also received several loads of salt. Formerly, the county received its sand from a pit around Rome, he noted.
County workers also spent last Friday picking up computer monitors and trash in ditches. The engineer said the problem of computer equipment and trash in ditches is annoying and there are other ways to dispose of the equipment and garbage. “It costs the taxpayers a lot of money to do this because we have to go all over the county (to collect the refuse). We really don’t have any other choice.”
Road maintenance work last week included working on brush; continuing a ditching operation around Salem; and working at the county quarry to prepare for stripping.
Supervisors will gather for their final meeting of 2016 on Thursday, Dec. 29, at 10 a.m., in the county courthouse.