By Mike Petersen
Sports Editor & Staff Writer 

Staying ahead of a price hike

City of Hartley orders backhoe loader to avoid increased cost


July 28, 2022

To stay ahead of an upcoming price hike, the Hartley City Council authorized the purchase of a backhoe loader during a special meeting on Monday.

A quote from Murphy Tractor & Equipment in Sioux City for a John Deere 310SL backhoe loader was the lowest of three received. Superintendent of Public Works Jaron Benz recommended ordering the John Deere backhoe immediately, as the company will impose a 5 percent price increase for equipment not ordered by Aug. 1.

Items being ordered with the base unit are a grapple, front auxiliary hydraulics, coupler, pallet forks and a five-year/3,000-hour...

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