The Clay County Highway Department is stocking up while it can.
During Monday's meeting of the Clay County Commissioners, bids were accepted for the purchase of two sandboxes for highway department vehicles, a hydraulic hammerhead for a gradall and a hydraulic chainsaw.
Highway Department Superintendent Pete Foster said approximately $60,000 remained in the department's budget for this year, which is enough to purchase the items.
The sandboxes, which are used to distribute salt and sand on the roads in winter, were approved for a total cost of $15,426, which was the quote provided by Clark Truck Equipment, Crawfordsville. Northern Equipment, Plymouth, Ind., also provided a quote, which was $19,578 for the sandboxes.
Southeastern Equipment, Indianapolis, was awarded as the purchase location for the hydraulic hammerhead, which is used for road and bridge work, with a quote of $16,780, which bettered the $39,509.09 quote provided by Gradall, New Philadelphia, Ohio.
For the hydraulic chainsaw, which will be attached to a cherry picker to allow safer trimming of trees and large brush, Industrial Hydraulic, Inc., Indianapolis, provided the lone quote in the amount of $1,233.74, which was approved.
Foster acknowledged it may be the last pieces of equipment the highway department will be able to purchase for a while because that portion of the department's budget was completely cut out for 2010 due to budget restraints.
Meanwhile, the commissioners also passed a motion to allow the process of applying for an energy efficiency grant to move forward.
Industrial Waste Management Consulting Group, LLC, Indianapolis, Representative Brad Gentry informed the commissioners there is an Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant available through the Office of Energy and Development.
"There is no match required and the county would not be obligated to provide any funding for the administration process," Gentry said.
He added one of the options available is the retrofitting of energy efficient lighting, heating/cooling systems and windows for governmental buildings.
The commissioners agreed to move forward with the lighting option, which could potentially lower utility bills at the Clay County Courthouse, Justice Center, Highway Department and Airport.
Gentry said the application is due Dec. 7, and if approved, the county could receive up to $100,000 in grant funding.
In other business during Monday's meeting, the Clay County Commissioners also approved a resolution to finalize the transfer of a computer server to the City of Brazil, which will be used by the Brazil Police Department.
The next meeting of the Clay County Commissioners will be 9 a.m., Monday, Dec. 7, in the Commissioners' Courtroom at the Clay County Courthouse.