There are approximately 962 square miles in Buffalo County. Within this area there are 1500 miles of road: 109 miles are County oil or concrete roads. There are 343 bridges over 20 feet in the County. There are also 238 bridges that are 20 feet and under which are not considered bridges but are classified as culverts because of the constricted water flow.
There are 40 full time employees and during the summer months we employ three to four more people. In addition the Highway Superintendent, there are: one assistant Highway Superintendent, two clerical, two foremen, 18 maintainer operators, five heavy equipment operators, two bridge crew laborers, one sign man, one welder, two mechanics, one mechanic assistant and four truck drivers.
We have an inventory of approximately $1,657,500.00 which includes office equipment and supplies, signs, sign posts, lumber, steel, tools, culverts, filters, oil, grease, radios and other supplies.
We also have a large inventory of machines and equipment valued at $7,395,564.00. This includes 21 maintainers, one crane, three backhoes, four loaders, 40 pickups and trucks and a considerable number of other pieces of equipment. The cost of fuel alone for operating this equipment in the fiscal year 2015-2016 which ended June 30, 2016 was $293,990.00. The cost of repairs was $248,077.00.
We have an excellent communication system which includes 2-way radios which are used extensively. They save many miles of driving and enable people to communicate from one corner of the county to the other. They have saved many maintainer men from having to walk for help after having a flat tire, being stuck in a snowstorm or any other emergency type situation. Our foremen also have cellular phones.
We have 2-way radios in all the maintainers, office, loaders and in a majority of our other equipment. The radios also give us communication with the Sheriff’s Department an the County Surveyor. The telephone system gives us easier communication with the Sheriff’s Department, Surveyor, other County Courthouse offices and also the City of Kearney offices by dialing just four digits.
Buffalo County is divided into 26 Townships. We have divided the townships into Zones 1 through 26. We bid gravel once a year. The bid period is from April 1 of one year to March 31 of the following year.
Buffalo County went to the GEO Base Addressing System and signs were installed in 1997. This system makes finding a resident faster in an emergency type situation.