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Court approves change in road stone contractor

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By Ben Hyatt

The Harrison County Fiscal Court has agreed to enter into a contract for road stone with a new provider.

After several years of business with Hinkle, Bourbon Limestone, a lower bid was submitted and awarded by Hilltop Stone to provide road stone for county road projects.

“We have been with Hinkle for as long as I can remember,” said Harrison County Judge-Executive Alex Barnett. “However, the bid submitted by Hilltop will save the county up to $100,000 in number nine stone alone, which we use nearly 200,000 tons of on any given year.”

The court unanimously approved a motion to accept Hilltop’s bid.

Only one bid was submitted for road oil. Hudson Material Company was awarded the bid of road oil for the 2013 season, to be delivered upon request.

Harrison County Clerk Linda Furnish also announced during the fiscal court meeting that she had hired Steve Gross and Sue Ann Sanders to fill future vacancies at the clerk’s office.

The two new employees will begin work on April 8, at a rate of $20,000 per year.

Barnett also reminded the court of Spring Clean-up week beginning on April 3 until the 7. 

During the clean-up, $10 will be given for all white goods including refrigerators and stoves. No household trash will be accepted.

Finally, Magistrate Brad Marshall brought forth the ongoing issue of declining land-lines in the county.

Marshall informed the court that the 911 funds are decreasing due to fewer land lines.

“We are going to have to do something before too long or 911 will be impossible to afford,” said Marshall.

Barnett shared with the court possibilities that other counties are pursuing including a small increase in water bills in order to help offset the cost of declining funds from land lines.

 “I agree that we will need to look into this very soon if we are wanting to keep 911 here, and the general consensus is that we do,” said Barnett.