The McDuffie County Road Department will be replacing a 35-year-old 6,000 gallon gas tank at its headquarters this week. The Environmental Protection Division suggested to Director Chris Pelly that the tank be changed out because it had passed its life expectancy of 30 years which increases the possibility of leaks.
The Atlanta-based company D.L. Mann has begun the process of replacing the tank at a cost of $26,424 out of the county's quickly dwindling contingency fund. The county's gas supplier, Boswell, loaned a 2,000 gallon substitute tank to the road department during the two-week construction period.
Lake board stays the same
During last Tuesday's McDuffie County Commission meeting, Chairman Charlie Newton unsuccessfully requested that commissioners consider replacing one of the county's representatives on the Clarks Hill Partnership board.
County Manager Don Norton and Thomson Mayor Bob Knox had previously been elected to that board. Chairman Newton requested that Forward McDuffie Director Don Powers replace Mr. Norton because of his heavy work load as well as the position possibly being more suited for Mr. Powers.
Commissioner Fred Favors stated that the other four counties all had county personnel on the board and said the McDuffie representatives should stay that way as well. Commissioner Bob Farr made a motion to change the representatives, but it died without a second.
Commissioners did vote to approve $3,000 to go as seed money to the partnership for the remainder of the year. The money will come from excess hotel/motel tax income that is set aside to help promote tourism.