Sale of trucks adds cash to county’s road, bridge fund

Published 8:00 am Thursday, March 24, 2022

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The Covington County Commission announced it had received over $1 million with the sale of five Mack trucks in a recent auction at a regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday.

The five Mack tri-axle dump trucks were recently sold at Wood Auction in Montgomery. The trucks brought $1,050,900 net of commissions paid. They had been acquired 24 months earlier for a total price of $747, 790, so the commission realized a net gain of $303,110 while owning and operating the trucks for 24 months.

“These units had an excellent selling price, and we are appreciative of the commission’s good working relationship with Wood. We would also like to thank Engineer Lynn Ralls and his crew in watching for the best possible timing and options to provide the lowest possible cost to own and operate all commission equipment,” said Chairman Greg White.

These funds are restricted to road and bridgework, so they will supplement the regular funds that are available for equipment purchases and the Rebuild Alabama funds that are dedicated to resurfacing and new construction.

Replacement trucks are already delivered to the shop that will install the dump bodies and should begin arriving to the county within the week.

For additional information call Covington County Engineer Lynn Ralls at 334-428-2620.

In other business:

  • The commission approved a $1000 sponsorship for the Covington County Child Advocacy 2022 Cowboys for Kids Rodeo in October. The sponsorship was the same agreement the commission has given to the event for the last three years.
  • The commission approved solicitation of bids for railroad tank cars.
  • The commission approved an amendment to the agreement made with Charter Communications.

The commission discussed the American Rescue Plan Act at a workshop following the meeting but did not take any action.

The next meeting of the Covington County Commission will be held Tuesday, April 12, 9 a.m., at the Covington County Administration Building. The public is invited to attend.