The city of Hannibal’s new paint-striping machine, which the City Council approved buying last month, was being attached to a city truck on Wednesday.

The city of Hannibal’s new paint-striping machine is ready for use.

According to Rich Dauma of the Hannibal Street Department, while the device has been attached to a city truck, it will not be pressed into service immediately.

“I’ll practice with water before we load any paint,” he said.

The new device will greatly reduce the amount of time it takes to stripe streets. Dauma estimates what has taken him an entire summer to complete will now require approximately 18 days.

Another benefit is the safety factor. No longer will an operator be required to push a striper on foot in the midst of traffic.

The striper cost $47,391, which is below what was budgeted ($60,000).

 

Reach reporter Danny Henley at danny.henley@courierpost.com .