During a special meeting Tuesday, the Clay County Commissioners approved specifications for a new durapatcher they intend to purchase in the near future.
Commissioners' President Charlie Brown said the county currently has two durapatchers, but by purchasing a third, it would allow one to be used in each of the commissioners' districts, which Jack Withers agreed would be more efficient.
"It would be a positive thing because we would not have to transport one of the durapatchers from the northern end of the county to the southern end, and vice versa," Commissioner Withers said. "It would also be an improvement because it does a much better job than hand patching potholes."
In recent months, Withers has been adamant that funding is extremely limited when it comes to road work, noting monies available for road work has been dwindling the past few years.
Brown added the commissioners have solicited three companies to provide quotes for the durapatcher, which is required by state statutes.
"We have to ask for quotes from three companies, but that does not mean we will receive a quote from each of them," he said. "There are so many potholes on county roads, and this machine is an effective way of taking care of them."
Withers made a motion to accept the specifications as presented, which was seconded by Commissioner Paul Sinders and passed with a 3-0 vote.
Sinders said the specifications would be mailed to the three companies immediately, and the quotes would have to be submitted to the Clay County Auditor's Office no later than 4 p.m., Tuesday, June 21, and the commissioners intend to open the quotes in another special meeting set for 10 a.m., Wednesday, June 22, in the Commissioners' Courtroom at the Clay County Courthouse.