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Fiscal court approves generator for communications trailer

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By Stevie Lowery

 

The Marion County Fiscal Court has approved the purchase of a generator for $1,000 during its Dec. 20 meeting. The generator will be used to power the county’s communications trailer, which is intended to serve as a mobile command center for emergency services.

Gary Luce of the Marion County Rescue Squad said they learned at the funeral for Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy Anthony Rakes that their current generator was not sufficient to power the trailer.

The magistrates and Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly approved the use of their community project funds to buy the generator.

In other business:

- The magistrates approved a $100 one-time wage adjustment for full-time county employees.

- Barbara May and Jeff Preston were re-appointed to the Marion County Water District Board.

- The court approved a tuition payment agreement with Adam England, who is an EMT and is going through training to become a paramedic. Under the agreement, the county would pay the $2,900 for paramedic training, and England agrees to work for the county for at least two years after his certification.

If England leaves before the two years, he would be required to reimburse the county for the tuition costs.

- The county agreed to order a new garbage truck for $126,624.85, which is the state bid price. County Roads Supervisor Tommy Lee said the county would need to place its order soon to get the state bid price, but the purchase will not take place until the next fiscal year.

- The court approved the final construction report and inspection of the Scuffle Creek Bridge Project from engineer Bradley T. Spalding. The fee was $2,500.

- The court approved a $16,066.67 rebate from Humana on health insurance premiums for 2012.