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Emergency generator purchased

The county board received two bids Monday on a portable emergency generator, to be paid for using grant funds. The low bid of $39,240 was accepted from Taylor Power System.

The board also authorized advertisement for bids on an emergency generator for the courthouse. The architect was consulted before specifications were prepared to make sure the generator would meet the needs following the planned courthouse renovation, advised Randle Drane, emergency management agency director.

In other business, the board met briefly with Constable Jimmy Dale White to discuss his questions about serving papers on delinquent trailer taxes and Justice Court papers.

A citizen complained to the board about people using addresses where they do not live in order to obtain car tags. Under the solid waste collection system, unpaid garbage bills become a lien on property so that no one at that address can obtain a tag until the garbage bill is paid. The problem, the citizen reported, is that some people are using addresses where they know the garbage bill is paid but where they don’t actually live.  The garbage bill collection system is imperfect, supervisors agreed. The board authorized a name change on a garbage account to prevent this from occurring in one instance.

Jail population Monday was 55 with 7 of those being state inmates. A total of 4,437 meals were served to prisoners in October.

Sheriff Harold Jones reported that enough income was generated from surplus and seized vehicles in a recent auction to cover the county’s portion of the Identix electronic fingerprint system. The county has received a $30,414 federal grant to cover most of the cost of the $40,100 system. The vehicle auction generated $10,980 for the sheriff’s department.

The board officially accepted the Highway 472 project and signed the necessary paperwork.

County engineer Joe Johnson updated the board on the overlay project, which is nearing completion.

Litigation matters were discussed in executive session but no action was taken.

The board recessed until Friday, November 9, at 9 a.m. The board also plans to meet on Monday, November 19, at 9 a.m.

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