By Wayne Allen
Scioto County Engineer Craig Opperman announced on Thursday that his office has received a grant of up to $454,654 to fund the purchase of vehicles and equipment. According to Opperman’s office, they have been waiting nearly two years for a grant application submitted in March of 2012 to come to fruition.
“That day has arrived with a federal authorization of funds being received by the county engineer. The grant is being provided through the Diesel Emissions Reduction Grant Administration,” Opperman said in a released statement.
Opperman said this grant will allow his office to replace trucks and equipment, with cleaner and more efficient equipment.
With this grant Opperman is looking to purchase an International Semi-Tractor, three International Snow Plow/Dump Trucks and a John Deere Excavator. He said with the purchase of the Semi-Tractor it will replace one from the 1980s, three snow plow/dump trucks from the early 1990s and an excavator from 1990.
“Due to the lack of adequate funding for the operation of the engineer’s office and the need to provide a satisfactory road system, the purchase of new equipment and heavy trucks has not been a possibility,” Opperman said. “The last time that this office had purchased a new dump truck was in 1991. The average age of the county engineer’s fleet of dump trucks is about 20 years old.”
He said the last time the engineers off purchased a new piece of heavy equipment was in 1981.
Opperman said this grant will allow his office to received up to $454,654.40 in reimbursement funds to purchase the equipment. He said if the grant does not cover the entire cost, the remaining funds will come from the license plate fees and gas tax revenues within the Scioto County Engineer’s Office.
Opperman said Scioto County became eligible for this grant due to the equipment being operated in a non-attainment area of Ohio relating to ozone and particulate matter.
“This is a very positive achievement for Scioto County in that we are receiving assistance to replace vehicles and equipment while at the same time reducing the oxides of nitrogen and particulate matter in our area,” Opperman said in a released statement.
For more information about Opperman and the many services and activities of the engineers office visit, www.sciotocountyohio.com/engineer.html.
Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 1933 or on Twitter @WayneallenPDT.