Commissioners take Holmes County “out of the rock-selling business”

Published: Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 10:02 AM.

BONIFAY — Holmes County Board of County Commissioners voted to cease the county’s service of providing rock to private customers during their March 26 meeting,

The vote was 4 to 1, with Chair Monty Merchant voting “no.”

County Attorney Jeff Goodman explained that the county was being reimbursed for the cost of rock and the fuel to transport it to those who wished to purchase it within Holmes County.

Goodman said that he arranged the policy for the county to “get out of the business based on possible liability.”

There were too many possible liability issues that could occur when going on private property to deliver a product, even if the county was being reimbursed, said Goodman.

Commissioner Kenneth Williams agreed with Goodman, stating that he was uneasy with such a high risk of liability on the County to be entering on to private property.

“We need to get out of the rock-selling business,” said Commissioner Bill Parish. “It not only puts us in competition with local companies in the same business but it’s too much of a liability. We have no intention of hurting or hindering service to our residents but we shouldn’t be involved in the private market place.”

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