County votes 3-2 to work with broken down pug mill

By Roxanne Thompson
Staff Writer
Limestone County commissioners court determined the winners of the annual bids at their July 25 meeting, except for oil-and-sand mixing, to the dismay of one of the commissioners.
This is at least the third year that the court has refused, in a 3-2 vote, to consider accepting a bid by a professional to provide oil-and-sand mixing, if needed.
Their reluctance dates back years ago when the county’s pug mill – a device that mixes oil and sand for use on surfacing roads – was broken, and the county bought all its oil-and-sand mixed by a man who specialized in making this product.
One year, in an attempt to save money, the commissioners insisted that the pug mill be repaired so the county could prepare its own. The old pug mill was in an advanced state of disrepair, so the project took months, but the old pug mill finally started working again. The commissioners have agreed that the county needs a new pug mill, but the cost is about $300,000.

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