County looking at new machine, process for roads

Getting more serious about cost-saving and improving the roads in Adams County, the Commissioners invited a sales representative who sells Asphalt Zippers to the Aug. 7 meeting.

Posted August 16, 2012

by Carole Rosencrans

Special to the Record

Getting more serious about cost-saving and improving the roads in Adams County, the Commissioners invited a sales representative who sells Asphalt Zippers to the Aug. 7 meeting.

Dave Stiller, Baldwin, Wisc., claimed that the machine is time saving, stretches resources and makes for a longer lasting patch to the asphalt roads.

“Everywhere I go the roads are worse and there’s no money,” said Stiller.

He said he has sold the zipper so far in 10 states and now several counties in North Dakota have purchased one.

The machine recycles the black top by chewing up the old road top and with added gravel and water tamps it down to make a solid road base ready for chip sealing.

Commissioner Chairman Chuck Christman told Stiller that there aren’t that many asphalt roads in the county. Stiller replied it can be used on the gravel roads as well to make a more solid road bed that won’t be worn down easily.

Anyone wishing to see the work the machine can do is invited to go the County Highway Shop to see the part of the road that has been repaired by the zipper.

Stiller said a starter kit comes with the machine, which he would throw in for free if the commissioners purchased a machine in 30 days. The kit has replacement bits and other parts. He said any need for more parts could be purchased locally.

The commissioners were very much in favor of using local businesses.

“There would be no need to budget for the machine because of the money saved in labor, gravel and machine wear,” said Christman and Commissioners Kathy Vliem and Gene Seamands concurred.

Christman said, “I would like to visit with the county commissioners in North Dakota who have purchased and used the Asphalt Zipper before making a decision.”

In other business the commissioners:

• Heard a report from Adams County Sheriff Travis Collins that he needed to find people to work the jail day shift for $8.75 per hour from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Awarded the bid to crush the metals in the landfill to R & N Hide and Furs of Hettinger for $105 per ton.

• Granted a highway-right-of-way to United Grain for a water line two miles Southeast of Bucyrus on the border of Holt and Bucyrus township.

• Approved the Destiny Library Manager program that would allow library patrons to access the card catalogue from home and to renew books only.

• Were told by EOC Emergency Manager Michelle Marthaller that a Multi-hazard Mitigation Plan will be discussed on Aug. 21 at 5:30 p.m. in the EOC building and a chemical fire training meeting for firemen will be put on by Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railway on Sept. 19 at the Hettinger Research Center.

• Set the next meeting for Thursday, Sept. 6 at 9 a.m. in the Commissioners room.







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