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Commissioners to consider motor grader purchase

September 16, 2012
The Journal

NEW ULM - Brown County commissioners will consider purchasing a new motor grader for the highway department on Tuesday, Sept. 18.

The old motor grader is a 1994 Champion with 9,600 hours that has experienced many mechanical problems when plowing snow, according to the Request for Board Action (RBA).

Off-road equipment purchases now require Tier IV engines that meet new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards, which significantly increases costs, according to the RBA. The county budget alloted $240,000 for the purchase. Bid prices with trade-in range from $234,446.34 to $269,613.56.

Commissioners will also consider:

Awarding a contract to the appropriate bidder for CSAH 7 bridge repair over the Cottonwood River, about four miles south of Cobden.

The 1975 concrete beam bridge abutments have begun to learn toward the river. Concrete retaining blocks meant to restrain movement have broken off, according to the RBA.

A new diaphragm will be built to restrain abutment movement. The project needs to be done in October so the temperature will cause concrete beams to be near their midpoint in length. The funding source will be Regular State Aid Funds or Local Levy Construction Funds, according to the RBA.

Engineering estimate was $69,348. Three bids range from $78,875.80 to $112,694,64, according to the RBA.

Joining a regional grant application to develop health information exchange and allow Public Health to submit a letter of support for the project to be included in a grant application.

A Public Health Update that encourages everyone more than six months old to be vaccinated for seasonal influenza. The department has begun to distribute the vaccine to assisted living and group home settings.

The meeting starts at 9 a.m. in the courthouse commissioner's room.



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