Extra road work, equipment purchase approved by supervisors

By: Donovan W. Mann – donovanm@977thebolt.com

Dakota City, IA – Humboldt County will be adding to their previous order for asphalt work on various county roads.

As previously reported the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors approved contracts with Mathy Construction for various road improvement projects across the county. At the time the cost for the work came well under budget and the board asked their Engineer Ben Loots if they could add on other areas.

During the most recent meeting of the board the engineer came back to have them approve an extra work order. Two areas were included on the order.

The first area included is east of Livermore on 120th street going up the hill. This will be an inch and a half mill with a smooth overlay.

The second area added is north of Bode just outside of the city limits. Loots says this area has turned into a “soft mix” over the years and they will be looking to do the same inch and a half mill and overlay as a “bandage” to put off major work another ten years.

The engineer was asked if the additions got the same county favorable rates as the original order. He says the prices for the extra work would be a “little higher” mainly due to the milling and mobilization. Loots says this is still the “cheapest prices” the county has seen on asphalt in about 15 years.

Also during this meeting the supervisors reviewed quotes for the purchase of a new Kebelco excavator and Felling FT-50-3T trailer. The excavator was purchased from Mid County Machinery for $173,263.67 and the trailer is coming from Murphy Tractor for $34,500.

Both the extra work order and purchasing of equipment were approved by the supervisors unanimously.