The Emmet County Board of Supervisors at its regular meeting Tuesday morning approved a quote of $278,000 for an excavator.
Ziegler Cat of Mason City had the winning quote. Murphy Tractor & Equipment Company of Ft. Dodge gave two other quotes for a 2013 John Deere 290G LC - one for $273,900 and the other for $279,900.
The lower Murphy quote did not meet specifications calling for oil testing, beacon and manuals, county engineer Roger Patocka told the council. However, he said the higher bid would. Patocka said he had tried to keep specs where both companies could bid.
Patocka said he was looking at a five-year payoff, or about $60,000 a year.
"They're both nice machines but the CAT has a lot more horsepower," Travis Fredericksen, secondary roads employee, said. The CAT quote called for 231 horsepower while the John Deere had 188.
After the board approved the Ziegler quote, board chair Alan Madden asked the department to come up with a plan for using the machine in two weeks.
"We already have a map outlining it where a lot of areas need attention," said Rich Blinkmann.
The board and secondary roads staff also discussed where to put dirt removed from ditches.
Supervisor Ron Smith suggested that landowners might be paid for dumping dirt on their land with the intent that it could be used later.
In the rest of the road report, Patocka said Denco Highway Construction Co. of Mingo would be doing crack sealing for $30,929. He said seeding had also been done at the Riverview Gold Course bridge.
The board approved a new confinement feeding operation construction permit for D&P Hogs and gave the Sweet Corn Days Planning Committee permission to use Courthouse Square for the event.
After reviewing suggested changes in the county personnel policy, the board:
n Decided to allow employees to use a sick day to attend an aunt or uncle's funeral.
n Decided to review a request to increase employee mileage reimbursement at the beginning of next year with the change to start July 1, 2014.
n Agreed to seek a consultant to review the county personnel policy.