After filling more than 300,000 sandbags during Red River flooding in June, Bossier Parish police jury staff and crews know the value of quality equipment that helps get the bags filled quickly for distribution.
With that in mind, parish police jury members voted unanimously Wednesday to authorize Administrator Bill Altimus to purchase a new automatic sandbagger for the parish highway department.
“This machine will bag 1,800 sandbags per hour and also has a conveyor belt that can be adjusted to load directly into our trucks,” Altimus said. “That will eliminate the step of loading sandbags into a front-end loader and then dumping them into trucks.”
Altimus told jury members he was requesting to make the purchase with the amount not to exceed $90,000. Bossier City might purchase a machine also, and that could result in a better price, he added.
With the new machine, Altimus said the parish could have the capability to fill in a week the number of sandbags it turned out in a month and a half during the recent floods.
“Mr. Altimus, what is the Boy Scout motto?” asked jury member Wayne Hammack, after voting to approve the purchase.
“Be prepared,” Altimus responded.