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County Supervisors approve truck bids

Monday, March 19, 2012

The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors approved the purchase of two new trucks for the County's Secondary Roads Department last week during their weekly meeting.

Cherokee County Engineer Dave Shanahan brought four bids to the Supervisors for their approval.

Total purchase price for the two trucks from each dealer were as follows: S.C. Peterbilt - $203,304; Rees Mack - $193,554; O'Halloran - $182,516; and Sheehan Mack - $181,998.

After a discussion with Shanahan and Larry Walker of the Secondary Roads, the Board deicide to go with the bid from O'Halloran due to the fact that they are a local company and service of the truck can also be supplied locally.

The Board also approved getting appraisals for land the County will have to purchase near the Washta Bridge Project. In total there are four landowners and one tenet that will be affected on the new approaches of the bridge project.

Shanahan then presented the Board with his Department of Transportation budget for Fiscal year 2013, along with his five-year construction plan.

In other business the Board met with Lindsay Bressler, GIS/IT Coordinator.

Bressler recently presented a proposal to update the County's GPS Control Points. These points are spread throughout the County and tied into for engineering purposes and are used by various agencies as plot points to conduct surveys.

Bressler previously stated that these Control Points have to be reset every so often due to the movements of the earth, which causes shifts that subsequently make the points become mis-aligned by just centimeters.

The readjustment is needed to be able to get as accurate information as possible.

Many County agencies such as the Engineer Office, Auditor's Office, Assessor's Office, Emergency Management and Law Enforcement can all benefit for the readjustment of the Control Points. Bressler stated that the last time the Control Points were set was in 2000.

She presented a bid of $25,000 to hire Dan Corbin of Cedar Falls to conduct an aerial flyover to photograph and record the Control Points. The Board approved her proposal.

The Board also met with Cherokee County Human Resources Director Kristi Petersen on employment openings in the County.

She reported that finding an intern for the GIS office is coming along. The Recorder's office has completed interviewing for a position there. The Auditor's office is currently assessing their needs.

Conservation will soon be conducting interviews on their position on a Naturalist and summer hires interviews will also soon begin. The County Attorney's office will be placing ads for its office. Finally Petersen said that Secondary Roads would soon be looking for its summer help.

The Board then approved the yearly lease for the land next to the Larrabee Gravel Pit, with no change reported on acres.

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