Letterkenny and Milford Municipal Authority has been urged to buy a High Velocity Sprayer/Pothole Filler to repair damaged roads in the area.
The call was made at the council’s latest meeting by Councillor Gerry McMonagle.
Councillor McMonagle said he had spoken with fellow councillors in other parts of the country and that this was “an excellent piece of kit.”
He said such a purchase would cut down on the manpower needed to repair the numerous potholes which occurred through the Letterkenny and Milford area.
“It will result in us not tying staff down to fill in potholes and in the long run it will save us money,” he said.
He said he appreciated there may be a consideration to leasing the equipment but he was encouraging the roads section to go one further and to purchase the machinery and put it to full use.
He was seconded in his motion by Councillor Donal Coyle.
Councillor Coyle said he would firstly like to compliment staff on their hard work during the recent snow and ice but suggested that the extent of the problem of roads ripping up meant they did not reach or repair half of the damaged roads.
Senior Engineer with the Roads Section of Donegal County Council, David McIlwaine confirmed there had bene a successful pilot scheme of such equipment in the Donegal MD area and that they were hopeful of expanding it.
Councillor McMonagle added “This is a must, it’s a no brainer.”