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County Board okays land for material disposal

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Ellsworth Wisconsin 126 S. Chestnut St. 54011

The Pierce County Board of Supervisors approved the usage of county land for disposing of materials, along with the purchase of an excavator, last week.

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The board passed by a 16-1 vote for Hoffman Construction to dispose of dredge materials from the Mississippi River into the county owned and operated Stogdill Pit, located on 830th Street near Hager City. Highway Commissioner Chad Johnson explained the dredge materials are from a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Lower Embankment project.

Hoffman agrees to salvage the existing topsoil poles and place the material in erosion control berms around the perimeter of the stock pile area. The remaining salvaged topsoil will be placed on the side slopes of the new embankment. Hoffman will also take all steps and measures to prevent erosion from occurring by the dredge disposal. Jeff Holst was the only supervisor to vote no.

Johnson said the move will benefit the county in two ways as the materials will allow them to be used as reclamation for the site along with general projects throughout the county.

The excavator is a 2010 John Deere 240D, which will be used for every type of job involving earthwork or quarry, according to Johnson. The net cost for the excavator is $98,500 and it comes with a guaranteed buyback of $95,000 by 2015. The new excavator replaces a CAT the department purchased in 2005 from Fabco Equipment in Eau Claire. Fabco guaranteed they would buy it back from the county at a minimum of $109,000 in five years, as long as they didn't go over the 5,000 hour/five-year threshold. Johnson estimated the highway department was around 4,000 hours.

For more please read the Aug. 4 print version of the Herald.

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