County purchases new motor grader

Marshall County purchased a new $276,585 John Deere motor grader to add to its fleet of machinery to maintain the roads.

The board of supervisors approved the purchase during a meeting Tuesday at the request of Paul Geilenfeldt, county engineer.

The actual cost will be $211,585 from Murphy Tractor in Des Moines with the trade-in allowance of $65,000 from a 1993 Caterpillar motor grader owned by the county.

Geilenfeldt said the 1993 CAT is getting to the end of its life and this new purchase has been in the budget plan.

The county has a fleet of eight machines working full time on road maintenance. This new purchase is similar to a motor grader purchased in the past by the county.

“We’ve had really good experience with it and we think it’s the best machine,” Geilenfeldt said.

This major expense is about half of the 2013-14 equipment budget for secondary roads.

In other board action, the supervisors approved a rental agreement with the Le Grand Fire Department for the use of the mobile band shell. Le Grand will use the band shell for a street dance during Pioneer Days, which is on Aug. 24.

Supervisors Chair Dave Thompson declined to comment on the employment status of Todd Kelley, buildings and grounds director with the county. Kelley was put on one week paid administrative leave last Tuesday by the supervisors.