orangeleader.com (Orange, Texas)

Government

October 2, 2012

Road & Bridge gets new equipment

ORANGE — Orange County Commissioners Court was serious when it said no spending of the Capital Outlay of the new budget until January of 2013.

Clark Slacum, county engineer, is in need of replacing two Caterpillar 140M motor graders in accordance with the Buy-Back plane between Orange and Mustang Machinery Co.

“I asked Carl to investigate possibilities,” County Judge Carl Thibodeaux said. “We will not spend any of the Capital Outlay unless there is a dire emergency until January 31, 2013 when property taxes start coming in.”

The motor grader costs $254,000 and the county has a $175,000 credit through the trade in, making the cost of the new equipment $79,000 each.

Slacum spoke with the company which agreed to a 0% interest loan with a single payment due in January.

The motor graders will also have the Buy-Back program and will be delivered this week.

The Road and Bridge department has reconstructed and resurfaced 20.6 miles this year. The department is currently working in Pinehurst. 

Road work is scheduled in West Orange upon completion in Pinehurst.

“The roads built in this county are fantastic,” Orange County Commissioner Pct. 4 Jody Crump said during Monday’s Commissioner Court meeting.

Slacum said he had to give the credit to the operators.

“Our equipment operators are first rate,” Slacum said.

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