Commissioners approve new truck, open salt bids

By David Fenker


WABASH COUNTY, Ind. – In a brief meeting Monday, April 16, the Wabash County Commissioners approved purchase of a replacement truck for the county’s highway department.

Highway Superintendent John Martin presented the request.

“The next item I have is to request purchasing a 2018 GMC pickup truck from Dorais Chevrolet for $41,611,” Martin said after presenting two other requests. “While this quote was not the low quote, the low quote didn’t meet the specs that we had sent out.”

Martin said that the department received $10,000 for the wrecked truck being replaced, and noted that the plough hookup would be an additional charge.

The commissioners unanimously approved the purchase, 3-0.

At 9:30 a.m., the commissioners opened four bids for calcium chloride rock salt.

Cargill, Inc., submitted the lowest bid at $128,336 for 1,600 tons of salt. Following them were Detroit Salt Company at $135,472, Compass Materials at $147,712 and Morton Salt at $152,352.

The commissioners took all four bids under advisement.

Additional news from the meeting included Martin informing the commissioners that the bridge carrying County Road 75 East over Burr Creek opened last week, and the weekly jail report from Chief Deputy Tyler Guenin.

Guenin said that Wabash County Jail held 92 inmates as of Monday, with an additional 42 in Miami County, four in Blackford County and two in Elkhart County. In the previous week, he said, the average was 93 inmates at WCJ, and 30 new inmates were booked.

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