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Written by Wauneta Breeze   
Thursday, 18 April 2013 19:10

Randal Raile with Tierra Vista LLC and BWTelcom, left, and Bill Bischoff Village of Wauneta Superintendent worked together on the Wauneta’s recent purchase of a 2013 backhoe. After all is said and done, the trade will cost the Village $14,200.

By Sheri Hink-Wagner

The Wauneta Breeze


Some people have said, “No man is an island.” It appears the same is true for villages and businesses.

The Village of Wauneta recently partnered with Tierra Vista, LLC, a subsidiary company of BWTelcom, on the purchase of a 2013 Case backhoe. The village wasn’t the only one. Benkelman also partnered with the company. Together, Wauneta, Benkelman and BWTelcom recently purchased four new backhoes, at a considerable savings, thanks to the power of collaboration.

Because the three entities worked together through Tierra Vista, they were able to gain higher trade-in values on their old equipment and negotiate lower prices on new equipment.

The Village of Wauneta received what might be called a deal of a lifetime when it traded in its 2008 backhoe for a 2013 model for a mere $14,200 out of the highway allocation fund.

The 2013 Case backhoe purchased by the Village came with a list price of $174,000. The Village received $75,000 in trade for the 2008 backhoe. But, after additional discounts due to special programing and group purchase discounts, the village only had to write a check for $34,200.

Those following along with the math might notice a $20,000 difference between the check the Village wrote for the backhoe and the total cost listed earlier.

That’s because BWTelcom’s Randall Raile was adamant that every dollar saved by Tierra Vista would be passed back to the two communities involved in the group sale.

BWTelcom made a $20,000 charitable donation back to the village of Wauneta through a local foundation, thus bringing the total cost of the new equipment down to $14,200.

Raile said he enjoyed the transaction and being able to pass savings back to the village “dollar for dollar” as well as being able to make a charitable donation back to the community.

This backhoe is now the newest piece of equipment the village has ever owned, according to Village Superintendent Bill Bischoff.

Bischoff explains that the village has always owned backhoes with 200-300 hours on them. Since the backhoe is the most commonly used piece of equipment the village owns, it brings peace of mind to have one so new.

The village uses the backhoe in virtually every department including tree removal, snow removal, water main repairs, street and sewer repairs.

Bischoff says it’s a real advantage to Wauneta to have such a nice piece of equipment.