The Fenton City Council has unanimously approved the purchase of equipment that will aid in the continuation of applying asphalt to city streets — only this time a bit more smoothly.

 Last year, the Department of Public Works (DPW) began a new hot mix asphalt repair program and applied more than 500 tons of hot mix asphalt and 13,500 pounds of crack fill material to repair and extend service life on city streets, according to DPW Director Dan Brisson in a memo to City Manager Lynn Markland.

 Brisson said that while performing the repairs last summer, the inability to apply asphalt emulsion primer (tack coat) quickly and evenly was the weak point in the program. “Last year’s program was tack application by 5-gallon bucket using a stick mounted brush to hand dip and apply,” Brisson said.

 Falcon Road Maintenance Equipment of Freeland, a state of Michigan MI-Deal vendor, quoted a price of $8,772 for a skid-mounted complete heated tack application system.

 Although the equipment is not a Fiscal Year 2019 budgeted item, it has been determined that funding is available to purchase the equipment, Brisson said. “In order to have the equipment in time for the hot-mix asphalt repair season (May through November), an order has to be placed now to allow for build time,” he said.

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