Buena Vista County Engineer Jon Ites says county workers are properly handling the sale of scrap metal and the county is being properly reimbursed for it.
In Lyon County, eight county employees were recently charged for allegedly stealing scrap iron that belonged to the county, then selling it and not reimbursing the county for it. Tuesday Ites told the Buena Vista County Supervisors his department has a policy of not accepting cash payments for scrap metal. He said only checks are accepted… and the checks must be made out to “Buena Vista County”… not the secondary roads department.
Dickinson County Engineer Dan Eckert says since news of the scandal broke in Lyon County, he's taken some time to do some checking on scrap metal sold by Dickinson County. He says receipts given to scrap iron dealers match payments that have been made to the county. Even then, Eckert says he's sent a memo to employees reminding them of the policy. Eckert says the county actually does quite a bit in the way of scrap metal business, as aluminum signs that are taken down as they fade are recycled, along with other scrap iron, such as worn out plow blades.