Holmes County commissioners talk dirt

Published: Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 10:33 AM.

BONIFAY — One of the main topics of concern at the meeting of the Holmes County Board of County Commissioners on Oct. 29 was about the quantity, excavation and distribution of county dirt.

Commissioner Kenneth Williams informed the board that Loader 32 had a broken windshield, Loader 55 was broken and the replacement part refurbished would cost over $11,000. Also, the excavator for District 3 was broken beyond repair.

He suggested that they purchase the replacement glass from the manufacturer for $602 and hire someone to install it for $200.

“Otherwise it’ll cost $2,450 for us to purchase the glass from the manufacturer and play for them to install it,” said Williams.

He also suggested that they repair Loader 55, sell the excavator in District 3 and just purchase one large excavator for both District 3 and 4.

Chairman Monty Merchant also reminded the commissioners that the Federal Emergency Management Agency work will be starting soon, which is the FEMA funded efforts to repair roads damaged during the excessive rains in July.

“We’re got a lot of dirt to haul because we’ve got a lot of districts that are going to need a lot of dirt to fix their roads,” said Merchant.

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