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Commissioners discuss graders

Just when they thought they had all the problems solved, a new problem with a new grader came along.

The Haakon County Commissioners took possession of two new graders just a couple of months back, and one has been taken back to Butler Machine for the second time. Alex Kuleza, Butler’s representative, reported to the commissioners at their August 10 meeting. He said the first time the grader was in was for a failed seal in the transmission. They thought it had come partially out during assembly at the factory. The replaced seal has now done what the first one did. Kuleza said the crew at Butler Machine is taking measurements and getting the dimensions from Caterpillar to see if a piece was not made according to specifications. He added if after they repair it and the same problem develops, a different plan of action would be required.

The commissioners also finalized the payment plan on the two new graders. They will use the budgeted $165,000 plus the $131,000 given in the payback option. This will leave just over $43,000 to be paid within the next two years. The county currently owes $77,540 on two other graders.

The commissioners discussed budgets with all departments. Figures were reviewed and adjusted.

The commissioners gave approval for several county employees to attend meetings in the next two months. A request from Karyl Sandal was approved to purchase new equipment for the Register of Deeds office to update the computer system. They also gave approval for a business to scan and place plats on a disk for a cost of approximately $2,000. Sandal said this would be cheaper then renting a microfilm machine and labor costs to do it themselves and then still have to transfer to a computer disk.

The commissioners reviewed reports from the county health nurse, sheriff and the equalization office. Highway Superintendent Kenny Neville updated the commissioners on road damage and reports from FEMA.