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Oil and truck bids examined
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At the Lafayette County Highway Dept. meeting held Thursday, Feb. 25 Dwayne Larson called the meeting to order at 8:00 a.m.
    •Culvert – a motion was made and approved to except the current price for culverts from Contech Engineered Solution of Portage. The prices given were the same as last year.
    •Project Updates – Tom Jean exclaimed, “Nice problem to have, we’re not plowing snow.” Currently the crew is on County F from Darlington to Blanchardville with the new wood mulcher, a clean-up crew is following.
    •Oil Bids – Flint Hills Resources of Houston Texas surprisingly did not bid. The bids that came in from Henry G. Meigs, LLC of Portage were very favorable. The Asphalt SC 800 (cold mix) came in at $2.8611 per gallon. The other emulsions and polymers ranged from $2.3692 to $1.9693 per gallon. Jean stated he had not seen a bid price under $2.00 for several years.
    •Tandem Truck bids – several bids came in from truck companies. The bids are based on specs put forth by the county, prices shown here are for automatic transmissions. Starting with Madison Mack of Madison (Mack Truck) - $113,900; Fabick CAT of Madison (Caterpillar) - $135,279; Lakeside International Trucks of Madison (International) - $94,875, $96,575; JX Peterbilt of Madison (Peterbilt) - $100,390; Truck Country of Shullsburg (Freightliner) - $100,250. The bids will be gone through by the committee, Jean and Lafayette County Shop foreman Joe Corley to see what will be most advantageous for the county. A final decision will be made at the committee’s March 14 meeting.
    •Tandem Truck equipment bid – the only bidder was Monroe Truck Equipment of Monroe - $68,989.
    •Miscellaneous – two meetings are scheduled, the Municipal Meeting is scheduled for March 8 and MSHA Training – March 10 & 11.
    Highway 78 is scheduled for 2017, from Wiota to Argyle.  It will include a new bridge at the Cherry Creek branch next to Stuart Road, along with new drainage culverts and a reconstruction of the intersection at Spore Road and then the entire surface will be milled and overlayed.
    The new wall above the barns at the Fair grounds is also scheduled for 2017.
    Highway 23 North – issues with the highway have come up. The Highway Department has engineers looking to see what has happened and what can be done. Jean said, “We are still evaluating why the sealcoat didn’t adhere like it should have, but it definitely needs to and will be addressed.”