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LITTLE VALLEY – Cattaraugus County will be testing a product created by a Buffalo-based company in hopes it will help address the recurring problem of potholes on county roadways.

Unique Paving Materials says its mixture will last longer than the surrounding road after pothole repairs are made, according to Public Works Commissioner Joseph Pillittere.

“We have picked up a ton of the material and have filled some potholes with it along our roadways,” he told members of the county Public Works Committee Wednesday. “We have spray painted around the patches with the material so we can compare to the normal cold patch repairs.”

The ton of material is slightly more expensive than the cold patch the county currently uses, but if it is capable of keeping the roads smooth during the cold months, the additional cost would be worth it, Pillittere said.

In other action, the committee approved the purchase of a 2014 Ford Super Duty truck to replace a 2004 one-ton model with 110,000 miles and a frame, lift and bed that have rotted. The old truck has seen $32,000 of repairs in the last couple of years, Pillittere said. The new truck will cost $58,989 and is already part of the 2014 budget.

The committee also agreed to lease two four-wheel-drive articulated wheel loaders. The loaders will be leased under a three-year agreement.

Pillittere said once the trade-in and other discounts are applied, the loaders will cost $249,340. Full price for two loaders would be $327,902. In three years, the loaders will be bought back for $279,302, a profit of $29,962 for the county.

“Over a three-year period it is well worth it and will save the taxpayers of the county some money,” Pillittere said.