BONIFAY – Holmes County residents will be eligible to receive two loads of surplus spoil dirt in a calendar year following an action taken to approve a dirt policy when the Holmes County Board of County Commissioners met in regular session November 14.

The policy has caveats, however, including that dirt can not be dumped more than 50 feet from county right-of-way, meaning only residents in areas where work is being done will be eligible to receive dirt. Commissioners say this measure is to ensure the county does not expend funds to deliver dirt. Any resident wanting a load of dirt must call the County Commission office at 850-547-1119 to make their request.

The Tourism Development Commission will see an increase in revenue, following the board's approval in that same meeting to increase the county's bed tax from two to three percent. The bed tax is applied to room rates for those who visit the county and stay in local hotels and motels. and lodge in hotels/motels. The revenues are mostly earmarked by the TDC to promote the county and draw in visitors to the area. Raising the tax could allow the county to earn about $160,000 more a year in revenue.

In other business, FEMA Coordinator Joey Marsh updated the board on the work status of project 4138. The $21.29 million project has 22 out of 55 worksheets already completed. Marsh expects a total of 38 roads to be complete by August of 2018, then moving into alternative procedures to begin chip-sealing roads.

The board also approved a request from Betty Scott of Holmes County Emergency Medical Services to accept a $7,404 grant from the Florida Department of Health to purchase Dell computers and laptops.

A request to Florida Department of Transportation for $359,000 on a Small County Road Assistance Program (SCRAP) project on Highway 181-C was denied. Project cost was estimated at $1,780,000, with FDOT awarding $1,417,349. A change of work scope was approved by commissioners from having all five miles of the widening and resurfacing completed to having 3 miles completed to Mount Zion Road. The remainder of the road will be requested for completion in another project.

Holmes County Board of County Commissioners will meet again in regular session at 6 p.m. on November 28.