County purchases new road grader

By Taylor Risse

A regular meeting of the Bennett County Commissioners was held Wednesday, September 4, with the roads still a major discussion.

Wade Iszler from RDO met with the board to discuss the purchase of a used John Deere 2012 772G with a snow wing and a V plow mount for $136,852. The blade was brought to Martin last week and the purchase was approved.

Highway Superintendent Terry Smokov updated the board on the progress of getting roads finished for 100 percent pay-back. As of the meeting there were 13/26 FEMA sites that are finished and bills can be turned in. There isn’t a deadline for turning in FEMA bills, it is a turn in as finished for payment process.

The Vetal culvert is ready to be graveled.

Culverts are being set around Tuthill and the western side of the county. It was brought up that before too long a culvert will be needed on the road going north to John Ward’s. 

Commissioner Rod Kirk brought to the board’s attention that he knows of local ranchers interested in purchasing the two piece 7’x36’ culvert from Rayhill’s that has pin holes in it. The board made a motion to advertise by sealed bids for the culvert. The culvert was surplused at $1,000. Bids will be opened at the October 2 meeting.

Smokov informed the board that the county line culvert won’t be here until the end of September but it is ordered.

The surveying was done for the Adam Johnson road but Smokov hasn’t heard anything else. More discussion was held on fixing the road.

(See p. 1, 9-11-2019 edition for full text)

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