Commissioners hold off on loader purchase

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By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

Limestone County commissioners at last week’s meeting found an opportunity to conserve county money by holding off on trading in a large machine called a loader for a new one, though the deals offered by the companies that sell these machines were tempting.

The court discussed at length its options on trading in the county’s current loader but ultimately decided to make the one it has last a year or two longer. County Road Engineer Ted Kantor had obtained quotes from two companies that would accept the county’s current loader as trade in on a new one. Crediting the trade-in, Cat wanted $75,186 for a new one, while WPI wanted $59,290.50, Kantor told the court.

“On the back-end, Cat would guarantee $125,000 buyback on the next machine; WPI is offering $113,000, so if you look at the end numbers, there’s about $4,000 difference,” he said.

Commissioner Jerry Allen asked what would happen if the county didn’t trade in the machinery at this time.

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