August 22, 2007 Edition

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Walnut Ridge Alderman Johnny Fears (from left), Walnut Ridge Mayor Michelle Rogers, Street Superintendent Jim Poindexter and Alderman Michael Wallin view the latest addition of machinery to the Walnut Ridge Street Department. The 331 Bobcat Mini Excavator will be used to mop ditches and replace tiles.
TD Photo ~ Kem Roberts

WR purchases
new equipment

Kem Roberts
Staff Writer

The Walnut Ridge Street Department recently purchased a 331 Bobcat Mini Excavator, or trackhoe, which will be used primarily for mopping ditches and replacing tiles, along with other duties pertaining to city streets and landscaping.

"Basically, the main reason that the Bobcat was purchased was to work on the drainage issues in the city," Mayor Michelle Rogers explained.

Costing around $31,000, the machine was delivered on Aug. 10 and has already been put to use as city employees recently worked on the ditches along Highway 67 B near United Free Will Baptist Church.

According to Jim Poindexter, street superintendent, because of the track that the machine is mounted on, its weight is distributed much more evenly than on a backhoe, which is what the city used prior to receiving the Bobcat. This allows city employees to use the trackhoe in more places than they could a backhoe.

"A trackhoe is so much more versatile than a backhoe for this type of work," Poindexter said. "As far as the ditching operation goes, the trackhoe can do circles around a backhoe."

Poindexter also added that the Bobcat is a valuable addition to the street department.

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