Holmes County’s State of Emergency extended

Published: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 11:08 AM.

Commissioner David Whitaker voiced his concerns about a local resident whose residential area was flooded with dirt from a county maintained road where a culvert was clogged and with the recent rain washed the road into her yard.

“I know it’s a private area but it’s our fault that the road emptied into her yard,” said Whitaker. “I think it is our responsibility. We need to fix it.”

County Attorney Jeff Goodman said that under a state of emergency they had more flexibility.

“These are unusual circumstances,” said Goodman. “That’s why a state of emergency is in place; for flexibility. This is about the health, safety and well being of the citizens and we shouldn’t not help because of the policy.”

After much discussion the Board agreed that as long as the county was under a State of Emergency then they would extend help to those in need.

County Engineers Cliff Knauer and Whitney Nelson assured the Board that they were available to help in developing a list of driveways in desperate need of repair.

Commissioner Bill Parish asked Goodman if any employee was able to refuse to work overtime.

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