Supervisors approve big purchases
The Chickasaw County Board of Supervisors approved the purchase of a new snowplow as well as an upgraded radio system for the sheriff and the 911 board on Monday.
The board met with Chickasaw County Engineer Dusten Rolando, who informed the supervisors of his progress in pursuing the purchase of a 2018 Caterpillar Motor Grader, which the county needs to replace one recently wrecked in an accident.
Rolando told the board that the cost of a new motor grader from Ziegler would be $288,500. He also told the supervisors that the insurance payment the county would receive from the wrecked motor grader would be about $122,000. The supervisors voted 5-0 to let Rolando move ahead with the purchase.
All board members were present Monday.
Rolando also informed the board that the Iowa State Department of Transportation has expanded on the employee drug testing policy. The DOT will now require testing for additional controlled substances.
The board also authorized a contract with Croell for paving highway V-14 from highway 346 south four miles to the Bremer County line. Rolando informed the board that Croell had the low bid for the job.
EMA/911 Director A.J. Seely and Chickasaw County Sheriff Marty Hemann met with the supervisors to discuss the Project 25 Radio Funding 28E Agreement.
The purpose of the agreement is to provide funds to allow for digital radio operation within fiscal year 2018. The sheriff’s office will order 10 new digital radios and necessary equipment compatible with the 911 Board’s digital communication system. The total cost is not to exceed $28,000. The 911 Board will pay for the radios, and be reimbursed by the sheriff’s department, who will then be responsible for ongoing maintenance and operation of the equipment.
For more of this article, see Friday's Tribune.