Prices charged by the Buena Vista County Secondary Roads Department for equipment use and materials are going up.
The Board of Supervisors Tuesday morning approved new rates, which reflect increased costs to the county. The last time the rates were updated was in 2012. County engineer Bret Wilkinson says the price of road salt has gone up several times since then… and the county sells a salt and sand mix to Buena Vista Regional Medical Center and Buena Vista University. The county also sells gravel to the city of Storm Lake, and that has also gone up in cost.
The county has a list of charges for equipment use, including the wages of the operator. Wilkinson says cities have occasionally needed to borrow equipment. The new charges match a rate sheet prepared annually by the DOT. Wilkinson says he feels the county should be able to cover their costs for equipment use and materials.