During today’s Howard County Commissioners’ Court, County Road and Bridge Engineer Brian Klinksiek was granted authorization to purchase a new 2018 International Water Truck to replace the current water truck, which was described by Klinksiek as "working its way to a decrepit state."
The 2,000 gallon International water truck has 915 miles and is similar to what is currently being used. The vehicle has an automatic transmission, and comes with 5 sprayers, so it is an improvement to what is currently being used.
The truck was purchased for approximately $130,000 from the SUMMIT Truck Group in San Angelo, TX. According to Klinksiek, the cost of the water truck was approximately $9,000 under budget.
The 2018 Maintenance Assistance Prime & Sealcoat bid was awarded to Lipham Asphalt and Pavement out of Aspermont, TX for a max amount of approximately $112,000. Klinksiek had sent out 3 bid packages and it was noted that Lipham was the only one to respond. Since the last meeting, Klinksiek has been able to review the bid information and recommended that the bid be awarded, which was approved.
During the meeting Klinkseik explained that Lipham Asphalt and Pavement would be used as assistance when his department rebuild roads in case he comes across problems with equipment.
“We should be able to [rebuild roads] ourselves but we haven’t done [this type] in a number of years,” said Klinkseik. “[This] provides me with extra equipment and skill set until I can get my guys trained and ensure that my equipment is going to work.”
(Photos of 2018 International Water Truck that was approved for purchase by the Howard County Commissioners' Court.)