Solid Waste Department purchase request tabled

RUTLEDGE – A request from Grainger County Solid Waste Manager Ed McBee to purchase a 242 D skid steer was tabled after discussion at a Grainger County Commission meeting Monday, January 11. 

McBee said he is currently renting a skid steer for county use after a county-owned skid steer overturned with a county employee in December. He apologized for the accident, and said he wished it had never happened. 

McBee said the accident had caused a significant amount of damage to the skid steer. He said the insurance company had conducted a walk-around survey of the equipment and estimated the damage was worth $27,500. McBee said he estimated the county would receive between $30,000 and $35,000 from the insurance company. Grainger County Mayor Mike Byrd agreed with the estimated number. 

Information about two Bobcat skid steers was provided by McBee. Both have a 74-inch wheel base. One was priced at approximately $49,000 while the other was approximately $53,000. He also provided information for a Caterpillar skid steer with a 69-inch wheel base, priced at about $57,000.  

McBee said he needed a skid steer with a 121-inch reach to ensure he could clear the top of the dumpsters. 

Commissioner Darell Stratton said he believed the commission should wait until the insurance provides a final estimate of how much the county will receive for accident damage before approving the purchase request. He said it wasn’t that commissioners didn’t want McBee to have the skid steer, but the board needed more information before the request is approved.

Commissioner Leon Spoone made a motion to table the item until more information is available from the insurance company. It was seconded by Commissioner James Acuff. The motion passed in a unanimous vote. 

In other business the board approved:

• The election of notary Amy Sexton and $10,000 in notary bonds;

• budget amendments for the county general fund, Office on Aging and Parks and Recreation; and 

• the transferring of Grainger County Sheriff’s Department vehicles to surplus.