The Grant County Road Department will soon begin using an automated flagging device, often referred to as robo-flaggers.

“With automated flaggers, you have another tool,” Grant County Roadmaster Alan Hickerson said. “It’s not going to replace flaggers completely.”

Grant County Judge Scott Myers said the total cost for a set of automated flaggers is $28,000.

The court also approved the road department for a $700 expenditure to purchase an electrostatic sprayer.

County Commissioner Sam Palmer said the county could get reimbursed for the cost under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.

“We have to spend that money by the end of December, or we have to send it back,” he said.

In other county news:

• The court moved to designate 911 dispatchers as first responders. Myers said the county’s legal counsel found no issues with the wording of the resolution that Palmer had concerns about.

• The court approved and adopted the Natural Hazard Mitigation plan.

• The court moved to purchase a new ballot machine for roughly $50,000. Myers said the county would need it before November, and the county had the expenditure in the budget for five years.

• The court moved to appoint Thom Seals to the Natural Resource Advisory Committee with his appointment to expire on Dec. 31, 2021.

• The court approved the purchase of a new server for the Grant County Sheriff’s Office. Wade Waddel of the sheriff’s office said the Education Service District would assist with the installation.

• The court approved the signing of a memorandum of understanding to install repeater sites in Monument for Grant County Amateur Radio Emergency Service.

• The court reviewed and supported a $5,000 expenditure for rent at the Grant County Regional Airport for the Emergency Operations Center.


Steven Mitchell is a reporter for the Blue Mountain Eagle. Contact him at or 541-575-0710.

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