County Engineer Brian Ray asked the White County Board last Tuesday to consider a resolution declaring low use surplus equipment for the White County Highway Department be sold to offset expenses for the new dump truck the department needs. The board voted in favor of taking bids on a 1992 International single axle dump truck, a 1998 International double spreader, and a 1987 Case 585 65 HP tractor with a front end loader. Ray asked the Board’s approval to go ahead and purchase a new Freightliner dump truck, costing $167,454. This was the lower of the two bids he had received.
“You know your budget,” Chairman Puckett stated. Ray said he had $180,000 in his budget and preferred purchasing new rather than used.
“We have enough to pay for it outright. When it snows is not the time to have to work on the truck,” Ray stated. He preferred to buy something with a warranty.
The meeting convened on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. in the White County Courthouse, with Carter, McAnulty, Spencer, Usery and Puckett all answering roll call and saying the Pledge of Allegiance.
The minutes from the regular monthly meeting in February was approved, along with the special meeting to approve contracts held on February 19. Payment of the bills was also approved.
The County Clerk reported she is looking ahead and preparing for the April 2 election.; the Treasure was absent; Circuit Clerk Kelly Fulkerson reported that she is losing a second employee, making two in a month and will be searching for a replacement. Ambulance Director Adam Allen was not in attendance as he was in clinical as reported by Trustee Users, who also stated the Ambulance account was up by $5000 for February. The Sheriff ’s report stated there were 59 inmates for February and the Jail had $89,000 in revenue. The 911 committee will meet on Monday, March 18 at 7 p.m. Chairman Puckett said there had been a Landfill meeting that day. County Engineer Brian Ray said he is going to be doing a resurfacing project from 141 to the Concord turnoff. From the Concord turn off to Maunie Hill, as well as from Carmi to Epworth, he plans to double chip and seal to seal a nine mile section in order to seal up cracks in the road and hopefully keep it in good shape for a while longer.
Chairman Puckett stated that they had received a note from the Senior Citizens Center thanking the board for the donation they had made.
There was no executive session.
The meeting adjourned at 7:10 p.m.
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