County Orders Third Western Star Dump Truck

By MARK EVANS

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Ste. Genevieve County will be using its third Western Star dump truck by this fall.

The County Commission voted to accept the $70,802 bid from Viking-Cives of Morley, Missouri for the bed and spreader bed, while the truck, itself, a 2022 model, will come through TAG Truck Sales. The truck itself will be $112,300 – the same price as the first Western Star truck, ordered in February 2020.

The  county had become dissatisfied with Internationals, then with Freightliners. After road and bridge foreman Scott Schmieder visited a Western Star factory in Portland, Oregon in May 2018 and was impressed with the trucks’ quality, the decision was made to switch to the Western Star tandem dump trucks.

The chassis will be delivered to Morley, where the bed will be installed. It should be ready to be picked up in August.

Meanwhile, an order for four new tires for $2,484 was also approved.

COMMISSIONERS VISIT STORAGE AREA

During the meeting Thursday, Nelson took the two new commissioners on a quick tour of the county’s storage building, off of Merchant Street.

While the large room is full of items, they agreed that more shelves could be added, increasing its storage capacity.

Various things are stored there, ranging from old files to used equipment and election supplies and other items only periodically used.

NEW LINE IS INTRODUCED

Nelson reported that Eric Scott Leathers will be adding a new line, which could lead to an additional 10 to 20 new jobs by the fall.

The leather goods firm, long based in Ste. Genevieve, remained viable during the pandemic by taking on the manufacturing of person protective gear.