By ROBERT PIERCE
• Leader & Times
Seward County commissioners approved the purchase of two items for the county landfill Tuesday night.
The first was a fire engine decommissioned by fire chief Mike Rice. Landfill supervisor Brock Theiner said the purchase was necessary due to the loss of an engine on a machine landfill workers used to fight fires and color mulch in 2014.
“The manufacturer has since discontinued the production of that engine,” Theiner said. “They do offer an upgrade, but it is not cost effective compared to what a new machine is.”
Theiner made Rice an offer for $10,000 to purchase the truck from Seward County Rural Fire, and he said the fire chief had approval from the rural fire board to accept the offer.
“This purchase will save the landfill from a costly repair and broaden our use of such a machine,” Theiner said. “We will plan on the use of this machine to keep our vegetation alive, control small trash fires and color our mulch products.”
Theiner said the purchase is not in the landfill’s capital improvement plan, but the landfill does have the funds to make the purchase instead of opting for repairs.
The commission voted unanimously to approve the purchase, and funds will come out of the landfill’s general fund.
Commissioners also unanimously approved a second item, which would be paid for out of the landfill’s CIP budget.
New security systems will now be installed at both of the landfill’s locations in Liberal and Guymon, Okla. Theiner said he considered this a single source item.
“The current bid I am proposing is the only company willing to travel, install and maintain both locations,” he said.
That bid came from a local company, Conestoga Energy Partners, for a little more than $10,000 for the Liberal location. That price includes an indoor/outdoor camera, licensed software, an industrial switch, a router, sub panel for enclosure and installation of a camera system.
For the Guymon location, the price would be just less than $6,000, and that cost breakdown also includes many of the same items the Liberal location would get, but at lower prices.
Theiner said there is currently no working system in place at the landfill’s Guymon location.
“This has become an issue that needs dealt with sooner than later,” he said. “The current proposed system allows this provider to store all of our footage on their server which is accessible to us at any time. This system will also be accessible to our pass worded supervisors on their cell phones at any time.”
The bid from Conestoga also included monthly fees of just less than $200 total for both locations for host cameras at both Liberal and Guymon and Internet at the Liberal location.
The funds for the project will be split between the landfill and waste hauls general funds.