BY PHILLIP WILLIAMS
GILMER–Upshur County Commissioners Court last week delayed acting on a proposal to establish an alternative site for obtaining dump permits when no personnel are present at the Road and Bridge Department, where such permits are issued.
County Road and Bridge Administrator Andy Jordan said at the court’s July 31 meeting that the permits would be issued elsewhere only “every so often” when he and his secretary are both out of their office. “This is not an everyday thing,” he told the court.
But Pct. 3 Commissioner Frank Berka had said earlier in the discussion that someone might get the permit elsewhere and return to the dump site, only to find nobody was there to direct the dumping. He suggested having a bonded Road and Bridge Department employee on site to handle permits.
However, Jordan objected that “I don’t feel comfortable (with someone) handling money out there. . .I don’t want anyone else having the key to that box.” He said that the unidentified “gentleman we had discussed doing it” supervises jail inmates, and “it’s my head that’s on the chopping block for that department.”
Finally, he told the court to do “whatever y’all think.” Pct. 2 Commissioner Don Gross then asked Jordan if the administrator could consult some people to see if something “(we) haven’t thought about” could be worked out, and Jordan replied, “Absolutely.”
In other business July 31, the court:
–In separate votes, declared a list of surplus property and approved auctioning it and other property already declared as surplus.
–Re-appointed Tom Stamper to the Community Healthcore Board of Directors for a two-year term.
–Approved use of the courthouse lawn for a fund-raiser for the Dixon Orphanage Cemetery.
–Approved closing Raintree Lake Circle dam road after Jordan said it was a private drive that was not in the county inventory, and that trash was being left there.
–As detailed in last week’s issue, discussed the proposed budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year and took several actions related to county workers’ insurance. The court will hold a public hearing on the budget at a 9 a.m. meeting Tuesday.