The City of Kalona is trading in their backhoe. City Administrator Ryan Schlabaugh says they try to do this every three years to keep the piece of machinery under warranty. The warranty covers repairs for 1500 hours or three years. He says keeping it under warranty is cost-effective. When the backhoe had issues with its hydraulics a few months ago, the city would have been responsible for the $16,000 repair bill if it wasn’t under warranty. With their current backhoe’s trade-in value of $60,000, the new one will cost the city approximately $28,000. The Kalona City Council’s meeting at the community center tomorrow night begins at 7.
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