Instead of maintaining an expensive piece of equipment, that is used twice a year at most, Douglas County will hire a company to paint lines on roadways, commissioners decided Wednesday evening.
Public works director Frank B. Hempen Jr. said the county could spend $7,000 to $8,000 this year in repairs but would need to replace the truck next year anyway. He also said he would not advocate buying new equipment because it's rarely used.
The county agreed to contract out painting of center lines, no passing lines and edge lines on the county highway system.
Hempen said contracting the project will save time as well as allow county staff to focus on other needs. He estimated the cost would be about $85,000.