Well, maybe some fanfare for a machine is alright ’cause it could be a lot to celebrate.
Streets superintendent Brian Hensel said he’s putting in a request to buy one of those fancy machines that grinds up asphalt for potholes. Remember?
It takes in broken up chunks of asphalt and melts them into pothole fill. I don’t remember what it’s called.
During the pothole outbreak this year, Bozeman loaned Missoula its, err, asphalterizer because nothing else seemed to work here. The roads were like Swiss cheese.
Hensel said he’s going to write up an order for Missoula to buy one of its own. If he gets a green light, the asphalt-eater should get here in three or four months.
Councilwoman Lyn Hellegaard said maybe the city could do a ribbon cutting ceremony for the machine. She was probably half joking ’cause, you know, Missoula does a lot of ribbon cuttings.
But if the pot-obliterator means the roads will look more like smooth slabs of Gouda than Swiss cheese, it’d be the ribbon cutting event of the century.
Yep, hungry over here. I don’t remember how much it costs, but I’ll be on that story like, well, cheddar on a pile of Old Post nachos.
— Keila Szpaller