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County OKs five-year finance option for dump trucks

May 13, 2014

By Wanda Moeller, Ottumwa Courier, Iowa

May 13--OTTUMWA -- Three new tandem Axle International dump trucks for the Wapello County Secondary Road Department will be financed with the help of US Bancorp Government Leasing and Financing.

Tuesday night, Wapello County Board of Supervisors approved the five-year payment option for the trucks' purchase beginning on Nov. 15, 2014. The principal amount of the purchase is $488,301 with an interest rate of 2.5 percent. Wapello County will make yearly payments of $103,888.45.

In addition to the dump truck purchases, supervisors also approved the purchase of a road roller from Swanston Equipment Company for $19,500 plus shipping costs for the the Secondary Roads Department.

Along with the the large machinery purchases, the board OK'd the transfer of funds prior to the end of the fiscal year. A sum of $312,500 will be transferred from Rural Services to Secondary Roads and $400,000 from General Basic to General Supplemental.

In other business, supervisors:

--Approved the change of employment from part-time Clerk I to full-time Clerk I in the County Attorney's office. Brooke Weller's hourly rate of $11.18 will remain the same.

--Approved a full-time maintenance technician for the Conservation Department. Scott Squires will be paid a yearly salary of $32,400.

--Approved the hiring of Amanda Baker as a part-time clerk at the American Gothic House. She will be paid $9 per hour.

--Approved the 2014 Justice Assistance Grant Program which will allow the county to partner with the City of Ottumwa. The grand award requires no local match. However, one of the requirements is the funds can only be used to supplement the County Sheriff's Department, not supplant it. This is the 10th year for the grant, which replaces the former Local Law Enforcement block grant. The sheriff's department will use $1,746 from the grant to purchase an in-car computer.

--Approved a letter of support for TENCO Industries for the Essential Community Projects to be financed but he USDA Rural Development in Iowa. TENCO is seeking $50,00 in grant assistance from the USDA Rural Development to assist in the purchase of equipment to build a four-bay hydroponic greenhouse north of Ottumwa.

--Discussed at great length server virtualization of the county's computers. No decision was made, however the item was placed on the county's agenda for its May 20 meeting.


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