BENTON -- Scott County officials know the grass alongside some county roads is getting long but the county should have a new mower on the job any day now.
"Hopefully the public will bear with us," Presiding County Commission Jamie Burger said during the regular County Commission meeting Tuesday.
During the meeting, commissioners approved the purchase of a John Deere mower offered by Wm. Nobbe and Co. in Scott City rather than get another Rhino, the type they will trade in and that was offered by Heuer Sons Implement of Cape Girardeau.
Both vendors offered their product for $12,000 with the trade-in of the county's old mower.
The mower being traded in was used heavily by the county for about seven years, Burger said, and "really has seen its better days."
The flex wing cutter type of mower the county uses to maintain roadside right-of-ways is pulled behind a county tractor.
"We mow 325 miles of right-of-way," Burger said, adding that it is actually about 650 linear miles as the county highway department mows the right-of-way on both sides of county roads. "It was time to upgrade."
In other Scott County Highway Department business discussed Tuesday, commissioners estimated about 85 percent of this year's blacktopping on county roads is completed.
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