Damage to overturned grader estimated at more than $28,000

Updated: Apr 9

MOUND CITY – Linn County Public Works Administrator Shaun West told county commissioners on Monday, March 28, that the walk-around damage on the road grader that slipped into a ditch west of Centerville earlier in the month was nearly $28,500. It still has not been torn apart to assess other damage.

Commissioner Danny McCullough asked what the long-term plan was for that road grader. West said that it was not one of the ones that was going to be sold soon. He had three John Deere graders that were scheduled to go to the buy-back program that he would bring to the commissioners in a couple of weeks.

Commissioner Rick James asked West to get some more information to the commissioners on the buy-back program and also to check into whether the road graders would sell for more in today’s market as compared to what the buy-back amount was.

In other business, the commissioners:

  • Approved a resolution to declare a 1996 Ford F-800 dump truck, a John Deere 72-inch front deck mower and John Deere 2013 zero-turn mower surplus property and to post them for sale on Purple Wave.

  • Approved the hiring of Zachary Daniels as Operator I for the Pleasanton shop at $14.85 per hour until he is able to complete the Commercial Driver License (CDL) program.

  • Told West to go ahead and request bids for 5.5 miles of 1.5 inch overlay on Ungeheuer Road from County Road 239 to 69 highway or 850 Road. James asked West how he was determining the roads that need to be overlayed. West said he was making his recommendation from the request of the Asphalt Director Tod Moeller, who has a list of the roads and the history of those roads.

  • Approved getting the sign truck inspected and repaired at Custom Truck, Kansas City, for about $12,000. West said that it had been some time since it had been inspected and it was requiring repairs to put it in compliance. West said that the county was going to need the truck to hang several cameras at the Justice Center.

  • Learned from County Clerk David Lamb that he had offered the job of accounts payable in the clerk’s office to Michelle Kelly at the pay of $15.09 an hour.

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