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Supervisors OK purchase of fleet maintenance equipment

Supervisors OK purchase of fleet maintenance equipment

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A resolution approving the purchase of maintenance equipment for Scott County’s fleet of 98 vehicles passed during Thursday’s Board of Supervisors meeting despite the excused absence of one supervisor and a no vote from another.

Supervisor Diane Holst voted against the $27,688.78 bid submitted by Napa Premier Parts of DeWitt for an alignment machine, tire changer and wheel balancer. Holst favored delaying the purchase until related fleet services overhead costs can be measured.

“We’re still in the data-gathering phase,” Holst said, referring to the county’s long-range centralized fleet maintenance program. “I would prefer we wait.”

Supervisors Jim Hancock, Tom Sunderbruch and Carol Earnhardt voted in favor of the resolution. Supervisor Brinson Kinzer was not present.

 Grandview Farms owners Tom and Ben Dittmer fielded questions from supervisors during a public hearing on plans to expand an existing hog confinement operation on 240th Street west of Eldridge. The construction of four barns will add 3,000 sows, doubling the size of the operation to 5,400 sows, and employ eight additional workers.

Supervisors approved resolutions recognizing outgoing Sheriff Dennis Conard’s 43 years of public service. Sunderbruch and Hancock were honored for their respective 12 years and 24 years of service.

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