BONIFAY - Holmes County Board of County Commissioners called a workshop to speak with road workers and foremen to discuss concerns about road work and maintenance.
"Mostly you could say it's my fault," said Commissioner Bill Parish. "I just think it's a good idea for us to get together every now and again to talk openly about areas of concern so that everyone has an idea of what we are facing together as a county. I appreciate all you do; all the long hours and stress you have and yet you get a lot done with very little to do it with."
The first topic of discussion was from Chair Monty Merchant, explaining that the county road workers and foremen need to be "careful about ditches."
"We have no problem with ditch work," said Merchant. "We just have a lot of ditches out there with culverts done by other folks and people expecting the county to maintain them. We need to go through all proper procedures when dealing with ditches and culverts."
Parish brought up concerns about maintaining county equipment.
"We're entrusted by the citizens of this county and every little thing makes a difference," said Parish. "Nasty filters are just one example and I believe we can do a better job than what we're doing now. Even
if the equipment is from someone else's district, you must take the time to do the proper equipment check before you even use it; that at least covers your butt."
Commissioner Kenneth Williams agreed with Parish.
"Money spent on preventative measures prevent costly expenses down the road," said Williams.
An employee requested information about the next potential raise for county employees, stating that the last raise was a cost of living raise almost four years ago.
"(Raises) are something that we have in consideration during budgeting and we do what we can to keep it in mind," said Merchant.
Parish commendedroad workers on the road improvements after the two recent disasters caused by excessive rains throughout the county.
"It wasn't us that put those roads back in shape and get them back to driving standards," said Parish. "You get all the credit for that and I believe I speak for all of the commissioners in saying we appreciate all that you do for the county."