By ROBERT PIERCE
• Daily Leader
The Seward County Landfill will be getting a new piece of equipment.
Monday, commissioners moved to waive the publication requirement of the county’s purchasing policy and approve the purchase of a 2004 Kenworth semi tractor from Liberal Kenworth.
The purchase price of the equipment was $42,900, and funds to pay for the tractor will come from the landfill’s compost capital equipment and landfill capital equipment budgets. The item was approved in the county’s 2010 Capital Improvement Plan.
The Kenworth was one of three bids made on the project, and landfill marketing coordinator Norvan Correll said he had inspected all three trucks.
“All are clean, have good tires, the paint is good or have been repainted and the cabs and equipment seems to be well maintained,” he said.
Correll said 65 percent of the funds for the Kenworth will come from the compost account, with the remaining 35 percent coming from the landfill capital account.
“The compost capital equipment fund has a balance of $243,905, and the landfill capital equipment fund has a balance of $667,824,” he said.
Correll said the Kenworth was preferred for several reasons.
“It is from the local dealer, the engine has a little bit more horsepower and torque, and all of the tires are almost new,” he said.
The commission voted unanimously to accept the purchase.