The Emmet County Board of Supervisors Tuesday amended the secondary roads budget and approved purchase of a motor grader for $265,000.
Murphy Tractor & Equipment Company of Fort Dodge had the lower of two bids. The Murphy bid, which was for a John Deere motor grader, also included as trade-in a 1988 John Deere grader. Without trade-in, the Murphy bid would have been $288,000, for a trade-in allowance of $23,000.
The other bid, by Ziegler, Inc. of Mason City, was a base bid of $295,782. With a trade-in allowance of $25,000, the Ziegler bid was $270,782, or a difference of $5,782 from the Murphy bid.
Bruce Stover, Murphy representative, said the grader with snowplow would be available for delivery Feb. 20, 2011. He said Murphy could allow the county to retain its trade-in unit until the time of delivery of the new model, in the event the older unit is needed as a backup for snow removal.
Rich Blinkmann and Ron Beaver, representing secondary roads, again noted their concerns about the Caterpillar unit having joy sticks rather than a steering wheel.