August 17, 2018

Heard County Benefits From Federal Surplus Property Program

Surplus Property purchased for Heard County Back Row Standing L-R- Stanley Hodge, Chairman Lee Boone, Alan Head, Jarrad Bailey, Charlie Towler, Wes Noles Front Row Kneeling L-R- Greg Harris, Junior Garrett, Keith Jenkins, PW Director Darold Wiggins, Jordan Elkins, Shane Britt, Cody Buchanan, Allen Ray, Jackie Arrington

Surplus Property purchased for Heard County Back Row Standing L-R- Stanley Hodge, Chairman Lee Boone, Alan Head, Jarrad Bailey, Charlie Towler, Wes Noles Front Row Kneeling L-R- Greg Harris, Junior Garrett, Keith Jenkins, PW Director Darold Wiggins, Jordan Elkins, Shane Britt, Cody Buchanan, Allen Ray, Jackie Arrington

(Written by Heard County BOC Chairman Lee Boone)

(Franklin) — The Federal Government has a program in place that allows qualified government agencies to requisition and acquire surplus property.

The registration is done by a lengthy application process and qualification to participate in the program.

Requisitions are done through the State Department of Administrative Services, and if allocated, the property is donated to the State of Georgia.

The State becomes the “Donor” and handles the property transfer authorizations and final paperwork before releasing the property to the qualified agency, which is considered the “Donee”.

The State does charge the donee a processing fee that varies based on the original acquisition cost of the property.

For example, the Dozier pictured above is a Cat D7-G that had only 66 hours on the machine. The military acquisition cost was $87,683.00. The State charged a $3500.00 processing fee for the transfer, which calculated to be approximately 4%.

To purchase a new Caterpillar D-7 today would cost approximately $200,000.00. The low mileage on the bobtail tractors was 237 and were unused.

The low mileage on the HMMWV’s was 300 and were unused. Basically, this is well-built, tough equipment that has never been issued, but has been warehoused for years classified as “Combat Ready.”

HMMWV's surplus property purchased for Heard County and converted to a salt spreader to treat our roads and bridges

HMMWV’s surplus property purchased for Heard County and converted to a salt spreader to treat our roads and bridges

The snow and ice storm experienced last year was a wake-up call for me.

Heard County did not own any salt spreaders to treat our roads and bridges.

Once outfitted, the 2 HMMWV’s and spreaders cost less than a single box spreader that would mount on our dump truck that is not equipped to negotiate icy roads.

Transporting equipment to remove large downed trees from roadways was also not an option.

The acquisition of the all wheel drive military vehicles gave us several options of mobility in adverse conditions. This program has broadened our capabilities and elevated our SPLOST purchasing power for tools and equipment to a level normally realized by those counties with a large tax base.

I was recently contacted by a Public Affairs Specialist that works for the Federal Agency that over sees the programs that provide used military equipment. He heard about the conversion we did to the HMMWV’s by mounting salt spreaders.

After an interview plus pictures, he requested to do a story that will be on their Federal Website. I am proud to see Heard County’s innovation will be recognized on a Federal Site that others may follow.

 

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