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.