Highway Department to Get New Pug Mill

The Marshall County Council discussed several additional appropriation requests at their meeting Monday morning.

The highway department had a request for a $310,000 additional appropriation for a new pug mill. Highway Superintendent Jason Peters discussed looking into a used pug mill in Missouri but decided against the purchase. Peters previously said the pug mill had been used for a different need. It was decided to go with a new pug mill for the requested amount that the council approved.

A pug mill creates a road material with a mixture of stone, oil and sand. Peters said the mix is cheaper than the hot asphalt mix. The pug mill has a dual purpose as it will mix sand and calcium chloride or a different boost for snow plow drivers to apply to the roads in the winter.

The council also approved an additional appropriation in the amount of $150,000 for the 7th Road project and $5,000 for operating supplies.