County approves sharing graders with District 1

Published: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 05:14 PM.

“All graders are equipped with a GPS that helps us know exactly where it’s at, how long it runs and how long it’s idle at any given point 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” said Williams. “First I’d like to point out that the hours indicated on the GPS matches up with the hours logged by our operators, which is really good, however I’d like to point out the activity of District 1’s working grader.”

Williams presented the website of logged time through the GPS to show the commissioners.

“It operated for nine hours on Aug. 6, seven hours on three days and six hours or less the rest of the month,” said Williams. “What gets me is that on the day that I voted with you that you were in a state of emergency the one grader that worked was only operated for two hours that day. I’m just saying that if you are indeed in an emergency situation that you’d think that you’d be running the one grader that worked.”

Sasnett explained that his grader operator was busy getting new tires for the district’s transport van and that the grader acquired from Bay County temporarily was down because of a faulty blade.

After much deliberation Sasnett admitted that he wasn’t using the district’s new grader to the fullest and agreed to look into the matter because he said he was unaware of the inactivity.

“But we still need to do something about not having a second running grader,” said Sasnett.

First the Board approved to fix Sasnett’s transmission for an estimated amount between $19,000 to $29,000 with a vote of three to two, with Sasnett and Whitaker voting “no” and then approved of resending the vote to lease the equipment from CAT for $7,000 per month.

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