Oktibbeha County supervisors shook their heads â€śnoâ€ť â€” for now â€” to an offer that could potentially save the public money during road construction season.
Jason Paas, who presented the Asphalt Zipper to the Board of Supervisors during Tuesdayâ€™s meeting, said the companyâ€™s machines can pulverize over 4,000 square feet of asphalt per hour.
The truck also works with gravel and cement.
â€śThe most youâ€™ll save is time, because youâ€™re turning 20 minutes into three,â€ť Paas said.
And for every 11 miles, the equipment saves $1.2 million.
But the supervisors hesitated, citing a tight county budget.
â€śWe canâ€™t get blood from a turnip,â€ť said District 4 Supervisor Daniel Jackson.
Paas said that he often told, especially in Mississippi that public budgets are too tight.
Supervisors, however, did say they would seek advice from the countyâ€™s road manager, Victor Collins, on the feasibility of purchasing an Asphalt Zipper.
â€śOur road managerâ€™s opinion would weigh the heaviest,â€ť said board president Marvell Howard.
Members of the board also said they would consult other counties that have purchased the Zipper.