County purchases two used road graders; Surplus equipment to be sold on Purple Wave

By Taylor Risse

Jerry Heiser with Butler CAT in Rapid City brought to the Bennett County Commissioners a purchase deal almost too sweet to beat. Heiser presented a quote for two 143H CAT blades with snow wings attached for a total delivery cost of $200,000. The blades are 2001 and 2006 models with no warranty.

Wade Iszler, with RDO, was also present at the meeting and reminded the board of a 2012 John Deere machine they have on hold that has warranty with a snow wing available for $130,000.

Commissioner Kirk liked the idea of getting the two CATS and they’d have three to surplus.

Heiser told the board, “If these machines don’t meet your expectations, you don’t own them.”

Commissioner Slattery said, “The best part of having two for one is you can have one sitting somewhere else in the county.”

Chairman Bond brought up the fact that the highway crew doesn’t want more CATS, they like running the John Deere blades.

Discussion was held about splitting the CAT deal and getting one CAT and the John Deere.

The motion was made and approved to purchase the two 143H CAT blades for $200,000 with a five year payment plan.

In other highway business, Highway Superintendent Terry Smokov informed the board that 18 of the 26 FEMA sites are 100 percent finished and bills are being turned in for them. More culverts are being placed throughout the county. An additional FEMA site was added to the list. Bud Road was not on the initial list, but there is no problem adding it now since before and after photos are available of the road.

Smokov reported that the new John Deere blade is working well. 

A lot of gravel has been being hauled to finish FEMA sites and fill areas in between the sites.

The old highway 18 neighborhood, north of Martin, laid out two loads of cold mix into the holes on the road. It was reported the road looks really nice and is done all the way to Cummings’.

(See p. 1, 9-25-2019 edition for full text)

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