County modernizes weed-spraying trucks

By on Thursday, February 3rd, 2022 in Columbia Basin News More Top Stories

UMATILLA COUNTY – The Umatilla County Public Works Department is already planning for spring weed control work. Board of Commissioners Chairman John Shafer said the commissioners approved the purchase of new state-of-the-art software for two of its road sprayer vehicles.

“This system will eliminate many hours of employee data input and will allow spray operators to spend more time on the road spraying, rather than staying in the office filling out spray reports,” Shafer said.

He added that the $8,000 software program is so fine-tuned that areas where spraying is not wanted can be programmed in advance. In addition to the initial cost, the county is agreeing to pay $800 a year to operate the system produced by SpraySync of Boise.

The commissioners also approved spending just under $6,000 for weed control products. Wilbur-Ellis was the low bidder of the three companies that responded to the county’s request for proposals.