Soon public works won’t need to look to the state to get salt mix during icy conditions.
County commissioners approved the purchase of a brine generator on Tuesday at a cost of $35,385.
Currently, public works purchases brine from the state’s supply. During a crisis, such as an ice storm, the Kansas Department of Transportation will first ensure its supply of brine is used to clear state roads before diverting extra supplies to counties.
With its own brine generator, the county won’t need to rely exclusively on the state for supply.
Doug Whitacre, McPherson city public works director, said the city is discussing the possibility of contributing 25 percent of the cost towards the purchase of the brine generator. The city must hold a formal vote before any contributions are made.
Tom Kramer, McPherson County public works director, said the generator will be installed next to a 10,000 gallon brine storage tank.
In other business:
• County commissioners approved a budget of $9,442 for the purchase of corrugated metal pipes.
• County commissioners approved the installation of railroad arms at a crossing on 29th Avenue.
Kramer said the road has received enough traffic to warrant the arm’s installation. Kramer also said the arms will be federally funded, but the county must install and maintain warning signals.
• County commissioners approved a request by Dianna Carter, county appraiser, for the purchase of eight new chairs. The approved budget is $2,471.