2012-12-27 / Front Page

County decides against truck

Commissioners accept bid for plowing after concerns

MANISTIQUE – The Schoolcraft County Board of Commissioners recently decided against purchasing an approximately $30,000 truck to plow select county properties. The decision was made following one commissioner’s discussion with the county Building and Grounds Department supervisor.

According to Commissioner Dan LaFoille, the county had been considering the purchase of a truck to replace the current one. The truck would be used primarily for plowing both the county courthouse and Schoolcraft County Jail parking lots.

The county had planned to recoup the cost of the truck from recently discovered savings in the form of a lower than expected rate for medical insurance. Commissioners had also discussed possibly adding a portion of the expense to courthouse office rents.

During a November meeting, LaFoille had indicated the Building and Grounds supervisor, Steve Videtich, had expressed concern over the purchase, but that the department realized the “benefit” of having their own truck. In the recent meeting, LaFoille indicated another conversation with Videtich revealed more concern.

“At this point in time, the conversation with Mr. Videtich is that they do no want to go with the plow truck, they don’t think they have enough personnel to take care of that issue,” he said.” So we will forgo that, based on that decision.”

Instead of pursuing a plow of their own, commissioners discussed bids previously received to plow both county parking lots. They unanimously approved a bid from Graphos Snowplowing.

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