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Pittsburg uses new remote-controlled mower for safety, some residents question price

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It's hands-on technology from afar.

"It's definitely a neat machine," said equipment operator David Logan. "I've never seen another one like it."

Logan is talking about Pittsburg's new Prowler Slope Pro mower.

At first glance, some of its unique features are obvious: Firstly, it's controlled with a remote. But what you may not see is its ability to cut on 60 degree angles. and it can maneuver in hard-to-reach areas. 

"It's a great piece of equipment, said city manager Daron Hall. "It's big. It's way bigger than you think. It's not your little remote-controlled car. But it is about safety."

The city will not use the mower on flat spaces, but rather areas that are dangerous. A few examples include behind the mall, where tall grasses grow and ravines with a lot of weeds.

'It's hard to get a piece of equipment down there," said Hall. "This thing is on tracks, it goes right down there. So, it just takes the operator out of harms way."

Logan says he's grateful for this functionality.

"I've run the tractor on the side of the hill and I really didn't like doing it. By using this, we can stay either at the top of the hill and the bottom of the hill and there's no danger to us."

According to Hall, the added safety is worth the added cost. At $65,000, he says the remote mower runs approximately $20,000 more than a traditional one. he looks at the new equipment as a safety investment. 

But some say, the city spent too many dollars. 

"There is other stuff in Pittsburg that they need to use it on besides the mower," said resident Dale Miller.

'We knew we'd get questions but it's a critical part of us being a safe place to work and we want people to know that," said Hall.

The mower was funded by city utility fees. 

City officials say the mower has been extra helpful in trimming storm ditches that overgrown from the abundant spring rain. 

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