Public Works Department purchases scale for loader

by Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer


The Public Works Department has been authorized by the County Board to purchase a scale system for one of the department’s two loaders. It was the ticketing of drivers in the department for having heavy loads that spurred the request.

“Trucks with a heavy load were stopped on the way to a site,” said Public Works Department Director Steve Backowski. “But we don’t have the tools in place to prevent that.”

The two loaders in the department did not have scales, so personnel had to estimate whether the load was the right volume.

“Citations can have an effect on the drivers’ licenses,” said Backowski.

“This makes it so much easier for the drivers to be safer,” said Commissioner Randy Winscher.

“We can’t put our employees at risk,” Commissioner Jeff Jelinski said.

The department’s road and bridge fund has available dollars to use for a scale, which will be added to the cost of the loader for depreciation purposes.

The Board approved the expenditure, not to exceed $10,000. The cost is estimated to be approximately $8,600.

In 2014, a scale will be budgeted for the second loader.

“Another benefit of the scale will be to monitor and manage our inventory better,” Backowski said.