Used equipment helps county meet budget |

Used equipment helps county meet budget

With county budgets under scrutiny, El Dorado leaders opted to buy a slightly used rather than new piece of road equipment, saving the county roughly $100,000.

The county’s transportation department will buy the “near new” 2001 hot mix paver for $150,000, officials said Tuesday.

The paver will be used to do small jobs on roads, including some overlays, throughout the county.

“The county intends to use this new equipment for road maintenance in Tahoe as well as on the West Slope,” said board Chairman Dave Solaro, who represents the Lake Tahoe district. “The sharing of equipment between our two year-round maintenance units in Meyers and Placerville further assures the county is stretching limited dollars to all areas of the county.”

The paver replaces a machine that is well past its useful life, and has been refurbished several times to extend its life, said Dennis Milligin, equipment superintendent for the transportation department.

“The county is actively looking to upgrade several key pieces of its heavy- duty vehicle fleet to maximize the cost efficiency of its operations,” he said.

Supervisor Helen Baumann added the voter-approved Measure H allows the county to appropriate equipment for road maintenance improvements.

“The county should not be spending precious tax dollars in its repair shop,” Baumann said. “We need to look to newer equipment, new techniques and new technology to ensure that county constituents are receiving maximum service at a time when local agencies throughout the U.S. are under-funded for road maintenance.”

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