HC BOCC moves forward in ‘county manager’ search

Published: Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 10:24 AM.

“There’s a small portion, about a two mile distance, that is being left out,” said Merchant. “I’ve talked with DOT and there may be a way to get funding for that stretch of road. I purpose that postpone awarding this project’s bid until we can get an answer from DOT on if they’ll help or not.”

Board approved to postpone the awarding of the bid until they hear from DOT.

“I’ve also heard there are some negative comments coming from board members,” said Merchant. “Comments about other commissioners and about how they will and will not do certain things. I am not so naive to think that employees won’t talk about our commissioners but it is about time that we look at employees to do their job and stop blaming commissioners for work not being done.”

Merchant also suggested they have a budget workshop soon.

“There’s a lot of expenses coming down that we’ve got to be prepared for,” said Merchant. “Like the increase for retirement. Where they want us to pay for it in full, which would be almost a quarter of a million dollar increase.”

Goodman also informed them that Washington County was facing a 10 to 20 percent increase in health insurance because of Obamacare and that Holmes County shouldn’t overlook the same possibility.

The next scheduled meeting of the Holmes County Board of County Commissioners is set for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25 at the HC BOCC boardroom located behind the Holmes County Court House.

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