Engineer plans 2012 purchases

The Auglaize County engineer already received permission last week to go ahead and purchase several new pieces of equipment in 2012.
Auglaize County Engineer Doug Reinhart said per the Ohio Revised Code he must seek authorization from the Auglaize County commissioners for equipment he plans to purchase for the Engineer’s Office through state co-op programs.
The purchases, which are expected to total approximately $300,000, represent 6 to 7 percent of the county’s 2012 Motor Vehicle Gas Tax (MVGT) budget.
It’s the same portion of the budget Reinhart said he’s tried to limit himself to during the past 28 years.
“It sounds reasonable plus by keeping equipment costs as low as possible we have money to buy the materials we need,” Reinhart said.
Commissioners granted their approval for the equipment purchases last week.
“We’ll start making purchases around January and hopefully have it all delivered by late March so we have it all ready for the 2012 construction season,” Reinhart said.
Reinhart explained he tries to have his list made by November of each year prior to when the purchases may be made.
Most of the items are being purchased with trade-ins of equipment that while still in working condition, are no longer reliable.
By making the purchases through a state contract, the county can see larger savings.
“Tying into the state bid saves us thousands of dollars,” Reinhart said.
On the list from the Ohio Department of Administrative Services Coop Program is a mowing tractor, to replace a 1995 model with close to 7,000 miles; a four-wheel drive loader to replace a 2000 model; a skid loader to replace a 2008 model; and a 1-ton truck to replace a 1985 model.
Through the Ohio Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) Cooperative Purchase Program, Reinhart said he plans to purchase a cab and chassis for snow plowing application, to replace a 1995 truck, as well as a used semi-trailer to replace a 1990 model and a used boom truck to replace a 1987 model.
New emission requirements have increased the price of a no-frills tandem dump truck up to $124,000, an increase of $20,000 from three years ago, Reinhart said.
Employees with the Engineer’s Office then perform all the work to install needed equipment and hydraulics for the trucks to plow snow, with a cost savings of $5,000 each.