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County Board 15 Oct. 2018: poll books and fire trucks

County Board 15 Oct. 2018 Shown clockwise from left at the Oct. 15 county board meeting are: Board President and District Five Supervisor Steve Watson, County Attorney Chandler Rogers, District Three Supervisor Dave Kitchens, Chancery Clerk Annette Hickey, County Administrator Terry Johnson and (back to camera) District One Supervisor Evan Denton

As often happens at its mid-month meetings, the Union County Board of Supervisors quickly dispensed with several routine items during its Monday, Oct. 15, meeting.

Perhaps the most time sensitive business had to do with the November 6th general election, just three weeks away. Circuit Clerk Phyllis Stanford, the county official responsible for elections, received approval for the purchase of new electronic poll books and software. She told the board that grant money from the state will cover the cost of the purchases.

In other business, Union County Fire Coordinator, Steve Coker, told the board that two quotes had been received for the purchase of a new fire truck for the West Union volunteer fire department. Bids of $279,400 and $286,500 have been received. Both bids were higher than had been anticipated and the board took them under advisement.

The board approved routine quarterly budget allocations including: $495,433 for the sheriff’s office; $273,655 for the jail; and $156,978 for the office of the tax assessor/collector.

Other business included:

  • Approving a manual check for $1,500 for postage for the chancery clerk’s office.
  • Approving a new school bus “turnaround.”
  • Approving election commissioner claims.
  • Authorizing the county engineer to run legal advertising required for state road aid projects.
  • Approval of the “annual fixed asset physical inventory report.

District Three Supervisor Dave Kitchens informed the board the Emergency Management Director Curt Clayton is in Panama City helping with search and rescue operations in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael.

The board complete its 24-item agenda in 27 minutes and adjourned to meet again at its regular monthly meeting on November 5.


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