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County to purchase third road patcher

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Clay County is in line to get a third road patching machine.

In a special meeting Wednesday, the Clay County Commissioners reviewed quotes they had solicited for an Injection Patching Machine.

Of the three companies solicited, only two responded including Equipment Marketing Company, Cloverdale, and Southeastern Equipment Company, Inc., Indianapolis. The third, which is located in Michigan, was notified but did not submit a quote.

Equipment Marketing provided a quote of $59,200 for a Total Patcher T-7500 model, while Southeastern quoted $57,200 for a base-model Durapatcher.

The commissioners consulted with Clay County Highway Department Assistant Superintendent Brad Stultz regarding the differences of the two machines.

Stultz cited the inclusion of a water cleanout system and crack seal attachment in the quote from Equipment Marketing as a huge selling point.

"With the water cleanout system, the crews will be able to stay on-site and be more efficient rather than having to go back to the garage to clean out the buildup in the hose," Stultz said. "Also, having the crack seal attachment would be a big benefit for the additional cost."

The commissioners previously told The Brazil Times the county currently has two Durapatchers, and were seeking a third so one would be available in each of their districts.

Stultz added the two current machines each have approximately 7,000 hours of use on them.

After comparing the quotes with the specifications, it was discovered the water cleanout system and crack seal attachment were included in the specifications sought.

After more discussion regarding the benefit of the additional options, Commissioners' President Charlie Brown made a motion to accept the quote from Equipment Marketing Company, which was seconded by Jack Withers and passed with a 3-0 vote.

Brown added Equipment Marketing would allow the county to use a loaner for the time being until the new Total Patcher is delivered.

Due to the Independence Day Holiday, the next regular meeting of the Clay County Commissioners will be 9 a.m., Tuesday, July 5, in the Commissioners' Courtroom at the Clay County Courthouse.

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Big deal! My road went gravel two years ago because the county could not afford to patch the patches.

-- Posted by dismalscientist on Fri, Jun 24, 2011, at 8:18 AM

One question I have is... Do we have money in the budget for the extra material this machine will use? The cost of patching oil and gravel is quite high. Where will this extra money come from?

I guess I should also ask if we have enough qualified people to run 3 machines at once?

-- Posted by BackHomeAgain on Fri, Jun 24, 2011, at 9:29 AM

Just dig ditches for the roads and the water won't stand in the road. Hence, no need to patch or replace washed away gravel.

-- Posted by wiseupnow on Fri, Jun 24, 2011, at 9:14 PM

The patchers work great. ...and whoever is running them (at least in my area) is doing a great job!

Pats on the back to them.

"Read My Lips: Its The Ditches Stupid!"

The longevity of a surface is directly proportional to the height of the crown times the depth of the ditches. Of course surfaced roads will always have holes but the main problem is that water standing on them.

We need to spend more on ditching and put higher crowns on the roads then those expensive patchers wouldn't be as necessary.

-- Posted by TheRider on Fri, Jun 24, 2011, at 10:54 PM

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