Darren Doyle, story and photo
The Edmonson County Fiscal Court met Monday, January 9, 2017 at 9am for the first meeting of the month. Various reports were heard and approved from county offices.
County Road Foreman Ray Page reported that road crews went out to plow roadways countywide during the recent winter weather, around 6pm last Thursday evening and stayed out until 6:30am the next morning. He reported that some of the northern areas of the county received up to three inches of snow, while southern areas received two inches or less.
He said the new country trucks allowed crews to complete the work much more efficiently, although one of the trucks was being checked out as it could be having some diagnostic issues. He also said over 100 tons of salt was used during their work.
Sheriff Shane Doyle reported that there were only a couple of minor accidents called in during the winter weather but nothing major. He credited common sense driving to the lack of incidents reported here.
He also mentioned that back up firearms for all county officers would be in use soon, once each officer is able to qualify at the shooting range with the pistols. All funding for the project was made possible by drug forfeiture money.
Deputy Jailer Todd Vincent reported that the county was currently responsible for 17 inmates which are incarcerated at Hart County Jail, plus three more on home incarceration. He also reported that one inmate had recently taken a trip to ER, which required a 10 hr stay with a deputy jailer, as well as another ER visit for an additional inmate this morning.
Parks and Rec Program Administrator Greg Hudson reported on the recent "thank you" dinner sponsored by Parks and Rec, which was organized as a token of gratitude for all the volunteers who helped support the mission of the program in any way during 2016. He said it was a great success with over 50 in attendance.
"We needed to do that for folks," he said. "we believe that just saying 'thank you' every now and then will help continue the support we’ve received."
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