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County to sell road, bridge equipment

Fed funds sought to repair Cove flood damage

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Idaho County Courthouse

— With the county commission having recently approved leasing several pieces of new heavy equipment, several old Idaho County Road & Bridge Department vehicles are being put up for sale, with sealed bids due by 9 a.m. Sept. 4.

The county is selling off:

  • a 1977 International 4300 dump truck that has served more than 8,500 hours and logged more than 329,000 miles for a minimum of $7,500; a 1977 International 4300 tractor that has served nearly 2,500 hours and logged more than 293,000 miles for a minimum of $5,000; a 1963 Hopper tilt deck trailer for a minimum of $500; a 1974 Wisconsin tilt deck trailer for a minimum of $1,000; a 1996 Chevrolet 1500 4x4 pickup that has logged more than 181,000 miles for a minimum of $1,000; a 1993 Chevrolet 3500 Fleetside 4x4 pickup that has logged more than 244,000 miles for a minimum of $3,500; and a Hol-Gar CE600 generator for a minimum of $1,250.

Find details under “Pickups and Trucks” in the Free Press classified ads, or in The Shopper, or at under “Current Public Notices,” or by calling road and bridge department supervisor Gene Meinen at 208-926-4471.

Last week, the Free Press reported that during their Aug. 7 meeting, the county commissioners approved leasing two new graders and an excavator for a total of a bit more than $111,000 per year for the next five years.

On Aug. 1, the Free Press reported the rough shape of the county’s budget for the coming fiscal year, noting four of the county’s road graders are near the end of their service lives having logged more than 15,000 service hours. The article also noted the county’s property tax, which is subject to a county commission hearing at 10 a.m. Sept. 4, is proposed to rise as much as $8-$10 per $100,000 in assessed value for the coming fiscal year. The Free Press report is online at

In other road and bridge department news, the county continues to pursue federal funding for repairs dating back to a flood event more than a year ago. Under an aging disaster declaration which makes federal and state funding available, the county continues to develop projects. The county recently bid out and awarded an engineering contract for Cove Road repair construction oversight and a separate contract for Village 21 culvert repairs.

The Cove Road award for engineer consulting was for $25,000, and the Village 21 culvert repair was for a bit more than $204,000.

This week, the county is calling for bids on fire mitigation work at Wall Creek, in the Harpster area. Find details in this week’s issue on page 3B.


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