The board of county commissioners may purchase such machinery, tools, conveyances, or other equipment for the repair and maintenance of drainage improvements under its jurisdiction as it considers necessary. All such machinery, tools, conveyances, or equipment shall be under the care and custody of the county engineer and shall be plainly and conspicuously marked as the property of the county. The engineer shall annually, on the first day of June, make an inventory of all such items, indicating each article and stating the estimated value thereof, and deliver the inventory to the board, which shall cause it to be placed on file. At the same time he shall file with the board his written recommendations as to what machinery, tools, conveyances, and equipment should be purchased for use in the county drainage maintenance program during the ensuing year and the estimated cost thereof.
The board shall provide a suitable place for housing and storing machinery, tools, conveyances, and equipment owned by the county. All expenditures authorized by this section shall be paid out of the drainage maintenance fund or funds. If the drainage maintenance fund at any time is inadequate for such purchase or other expenditure, the board of county commissioners is authorized to make the payment from the county general fund, which sum so paid from the general fund shall be a charge against the drainage maintenance fund or funds to be repaid to the general fund as soon as adequate funds are available in the drainage maintenance fund or funds.
Effective Date: 04-09-1981 .