Raise approved for county road crews
By Diane Stamm
The Wauneta Breeze
The Chase County Commissioners met June 23 for their last meeting in the current fiscal year.
Board members Dave Hogsett, Chuck Vette and Don Weiss had several items of business they wanted to act on before the new fiscal year began July 1.
The first was increasing salaries for county road employees. Members of the road crews will see an increase of $1.50 per hour beginning in July. Rather than giving each employee a three percent raise, commissioners found three percent of the average salary and then added an additional dollar.
The second item was to act on the bids accepted on June 9 with Weiss and Vette present, for two new county road graders. The board was given four bids and decided to make the decision when Hogsett could be present.
At the meeting on June 23, the board chose to accept one bid for a Cat demo model from Nebraska Machinery Co. that the county has been using. After trade, the cost for the machine is $154,600.
For a second road grader, the board accepted a bid from Murphy Tractor for a 2015 John Deere. After trade, the cost will be $167,727.
Vette voted no to the purchases and said that with the $8,595 parts and service credit NMC offered he felt that purchasing two Cats was a better deal. Vette added that he preferred how the NMC bid listed the options for each road grader. Options were not listed for the John Deere machines.
—A change order was approved for the electrical service of the new Lamar shop. New outlets will be added for a welder, compressor and power washer and add $3,500 to the project.
—With approval from the Planning Commission, the commissioners granted Lamar Fertilizer a conditional use permit for the proposed construction of a warehouse at the current Lamar Fertilizer site.
—The armor coating contract agreement with B and H Paving was signed and work has begun on Old Highway 6. Work will begin soon on the asphalt south of Wauneta.
—Two Chevrolet Impalas from the Sheriff’s Department were declared surplus and disposed of by Sheriff Kevin Mueller.
The next regular meeting of the commissioners will be July 14.