Gage County Finalizes Road Material, Fuel Contracts

BEATRICE – Bids for gravel, rock and fuel have been approved by Gage County officials.

The county’s board today accepted bids from a half-dozen companies to supply rock and gravel on an annual contract.   Suppliers are chosen based on the lowest price and availability of material.

Gage County Road and Bridge Chairman Terry Jurgens says this is the first year the county sought bids for the entire calendar year, not separating out bids for spring and fall allotments.  The previous system had been used because of variability in fuel prices for haulers.

:37                  “amount of time”

The county board also approved a fuel supply bid, submitted by Sapp Brothers Petroleum of Filley.  The county contracted for 63,000 gallons of diesel fuel, and 32,000 gallons of unleaded.  Based on per-gallon prices of nearly $2.23 for diesel, and just under $2.36 for unleaded, the county expects to pay a total of about $215,820 this year.

Jurgens says the decision to contract for supply or buy daily at the pump, is a bit of a guessing game.

:08                  “where it’s goin’”

Supervisor Gary Lytle said although the unleaded price under the contract could be viewed as a little high, contracting for the fuel provides some certainty for the budget process.

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With fuel production increasing and export of oil, Lytle says the volatility is probably not as much a risk as in past years.   He says contracting for fuel has paid off for the county, in recent years.

Only one bid was received by Gage County, for diesel and unleaded fuel.

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