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Photo Credit Bowman County Pioneer

County gets new highway super

January 27, 2017

 

Shane Biggs of Rhame, left, was hired as new highway superintendent for Bowman County after Neil Hofland retired Jan. 15 after 35 years of service. (Pioneer Photo by Bryce Martin)

By BRYCE MARTIN
Pioneer Editor | bmartin@countrymedia.net

Coming off his first few weeks as the county’s new highway superintendent, Shane Biggs got to talk gravel Tuesday with the county commissioners.

Biggs was joined by Gary Brennan of Brosz Engineering Jan. 24 to address the Bowman County Commission during its regular meeting where the two indicated there is currently a shortage of gravel in the county. It’s predominately needed on the west side of the county.

Brennan suggested the county would probably be interested in obtaining gravel agreements from landowners and crush it for future projects, including for the Camp Crook and Marmarth Roads.

Prices for gravel for the county stands at $8 per yard. In an attempt to avoid purchasing gravel from far outside the county, and paying the expense to have it trucked in, the county would re-up its objective of supplying its own gravel.

If needed a company would come in and prospect for gravel since there are presumed abundant areas around the county.

“It would be more efficient in the long run,” Commissioner Pine Abrahamson said.

It was one of Biggs’s first meetings with the board since coming to work for the county earlier this month.

Highway Superintendent Neil Hofland retired from his post Jan. 15 after 35 years with the county.

“I’ve just been taking it all in,” Biggs told the commissioners. “It’s going to take me a while.”

Biggs, a resident of Rhame, had the unenviable task of joining the county right when several major snowstorms wreaked havoc on local roads. But he, along with his crew, managed to keep the county’s roads cleared, for which Commissioner Jerry Jeffers expressed his gratitude.

“We seem to be all caught up; everything is winged out,” Biggs said of the snowy roads.

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