Wisconsin Farmers' Institutes / Wisconsin Farmers' Institutes : a hand-book of agriculture
Bulletin No. 11 (1897)
Powers, A. C.
Country roads, pp. 115-121 PDF (2.0 MB)
WISCONSIN FAR R' INSTUTL To bring about this result it won not be needful to issue bonds or eve impose burdensome taxes. Put tU best men you have at the head of yot road commission. Commence at yot city limits and work into the countr having the tax payer perform the Is bor, if he so elects, subject to the samr rules that govern other laborers, an it would be but a few years until Wii consin roads would be models for th world. It matters not what principl or what material we use In the coo struction of roads so long as the nam row tire reigns supreme; were it buil of adamant and coated with steel I would give way before this fell de stroyer which must be banished from the face of the earth before we read the acme of success of good roads. Not only exempt the broad tire from taxation but place a premium upon it use, and if that does not have the de sired effect, then make it a state' prison offense to draw a load on wagon with a tire of lesser width than four inches. DISCUSSION. Sunt. McPerrn-Fn u wora iu, the taxes? you work out Mr. Powers-We work it out on the cash basis; we allow the tax payer tc work it out if he wants to, but he can- not come out at nine o'clock in the morning with the idea of loafing. We pay him thirty cents an hour for him- self and team. Supt. McKerrow-Do you use any of the improved machinery? Mr. Powers-Yes, I think we have almost everything in our town now in that line. We have two road graders, and we have eight wheeled scrapers that we use to cut away the hills with, and then we have an Austin stone crusher. Supt. McKerrow-Do you allow your town treasurer to collect live per cent. on the taxes that the farmer has worked out? Id Mr. Powers-Np, sir, we do not, We en make that provision with our man that he we must not charge up to the road ir warrant or for road receipts. tr Supt. McKerrow-I think that is the J. reason that law has fallen into dia- L- repute, on account of our town treas- Le urers collecting three or five per cent. Id on tax worked out. ,. Mr. Briggs-What kind of stone are e you using for your road? e Mr. Powers-We are using lime rock D- to some extent, but we prefer river bed gravel for the crusher. t Question-Sandstone would not be it gcod? Mr. Powers-No, and lime rock is a m little too soft. I think, however, that h our lime roads are all right after three years' use. o Mr. Briggs-How about these hard *sheads, or prairie granites? M Mr. Powers-That would last as * long as time. Probably the Appian way a is built of that stone. The stone crusher handles them all right. Mr. Briggs-How long will lime reck last? Mr. Powers-We cannot tell any- thing about it. Three years ago is the first we put on. In northern Illinois I was on a lime rock road not long * ago, that has been in use ten years and it was in perfect condition yet. Mr. Briggs-If you had plenty of Dlime rock? Mr. Powers-I would use it by all means, and not crawl through the mud. Supt. McKerrow-We had a road leading out of Milwaukee, covered with crushed lime rock twenty years ago, and it is a good road yet. There is one rcad that is longer than that; it runs out of Wauwatosa; it has been there longer than the other, and it has been repaired but very little. Question-Do you know what would be the ccat to repair this road each year? Supt. MeKerrow-I couldn't tell you. I have noticed somewhere the figures put at an averge of ten dollars a mile. % . 111 R I I I 11 11 11 R W I in
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