After a discussion about what size bush hog they need, the Yatesville City Council approved purchasing a relatively new John Deere five-foot bush hog for $995.
The action came at their May 12 council meeting. Mayor Cecil Moncrief was absent, and Council member Ronnie Riggins chaired the meeting as Mayor pro tem. Riggins noted that the current bush hog on the city tractor had quit working and needed a new gear box. He said the bush hog is 20 years old and replacing the gearbox would cost between $500 and $700. Riggins stated G & M Enterprise in Barnesville had a virtually brand new John Deer e five-foot bush hog for $995.
Council member Wanda Dozier questioned the size of the bush hog, stating that it is only five-feet wide, and she pulls it on the tractor and it takes a long time to cut the ballfields and other areas. She asked if they could consider getting one another foot or so wider.
Yatesville resident Billy Penn asked what horsepower the tractor was, stating that 30 horsepower is all it takes to pull a five-foot bush hog, but it would take 45 or 50 horsepower to pull a larger bush hog.
Dozier said she didn’t know, but said the tractor has always pulled it without a problem. The current bush hog is also five feet.
City Clerk Connie Vaughn said the John Deere bush hog is virtually new.
“The guy bought the tractor and the bush hog, but he wanted a tiller,” said Vaughn. “So he took the bush hog and traded it in on the tiller. So it has never been used and is brand new. “
But Dozier continued to express the need for a wider bush hog.
“I didn’t know what the price of a larger bush hog would be against the five-foot width,” she said. “I remember it taking at least four hours to bush hog over at the ballfields, minimum. By the time you use that five-foot to cut over at the ballfields, and here at the parking lot, the library, the community building and the football field, by the time you got caught up, it was time to cut again. If you had that extra one or two feet, if the tractor would handle it, you would cut down on the time and use.
Council member Robert Releford agreed that if the city could get a wider bush hog it would be better.
Vaughn noted that they are getting a deal on the John Deere because the previous owner traded it in. She said they have a bush hog identical to the current one the city has for $1,295, and that a larger bush hog would cost more money.
Dozier suggested they go with the trade-in, but if they find out the tractor can pull a larger bush hog, check with the dealer to see if they could get something larger.
Council member Phyl Gatlin objected, stating that she didn’t think they should buy a new one now and then turn around in two months and possibly buy another one.
But Dozier suggested that since the dealer allowed the John Deere to be traded in once, they might be willing to accept it as a trade in again for a larger bush hog, and the city might not have to pay as much.
Gatlin agreed and made a motion to purchase the John Deere bush hog for $995. Releford seconded the motion and it was approved, 4-0.