Carpet leaving Thomson Company
The McDuffie County Development Authority has contracted with Bobby Hudson Trucking to haul scrap carpet from the old Thomson Company building and grounds to carpet recycler GRWC for $469 per load. Removal began this week.
GRWC will take the carpet and recycle it at no cost to the Authority. Original estimates to clean up the carpet had been at $700 per load plus the cost of sending the waste to a landfill. Estimates on savings with the new plan are between $5,000 and $7,000.
"That's a lot of landfill space that will be saved," said Forward McDuffie Director Don Powers.
New tax deadline
At the request of McDuffie County Tax Commissioners Sandra Whitaker, county commissioners approved moving the ad valorem tax payment deadline from Dec. 20 to Nov. 20. The change - voted on during the Nov. 2 meeting - will begin next year.
Mrs. Whitaker presented several reasons to the commission as to why the changing to the earlier of the two state-allowed deadlines would be beneficial for the county.
Tax revenue would begin flowing into county coffers by September instead of October, as in past years.
"Each year from August-October, the county is operating with very low funds. This due date change would bring money in the county's account four weeks earlier," she stated in an email to commissioners.
The new due date also eliminates the conflict with the Christmas holidays as well as helping the Tax Assessors office finish its review of property values earlier.
Runaway found in Thomson
According to Texas newspaper Fort Bend Now, a girl for whom an Amber-Alert was issued last Tuesday showed up later that same day on a bus headed for South Carolina. The paper reports that law enforcement officials asked the bus company to make an unscheduled stop in Thomson where police took the girl into custody.
Police think Meagan Minton, 16, of Meadows Place, Tex. had possibly been lured by a man she had been in contact with electronically, Fort Bend Now reports. The FBI will interview Miss Minton and has located the man she was going to visit.
Sewer project on hold
Paperwork for the sewer expansion project on Highway 150 is ready to go, according to County Commission Chairman Charlie Newton. But the price of PVC pipe "is outrageous," he said, causing the county to hold off on going to bid for the construction.
The recent rise in the price of oil after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita caused the prices of all petroleum-based products such as PVC to skyrocket as well. Chairman Newton said contractors can only guarantee the price of the pipe for up to four days.
The Dallas Drive sewer project that is currently under construction rose in cost from $543,000 to $827,000, and county officials hope to avoid that cost difference, especially on a project costing several million dollars.
Chairman Newton suggested coupling a water project southeast of Thomson with the sewer project when bidding in order to reduce overhead. He is also exploring the option of having a quality assurance group review the projects and search for ways to reduce the cost. No plans are definite yet.
Crumpton sworn in
Warrenton native Henry "Hank" Crumpton was sworn in last Friday as Coordinator for Counterterrorism at the Department of State.
He was nominated by President George W. Bush for the post, approved by the Senate and will hold the rank of Ambassador at Large.
Mr. Crumpton was formerly the Chief of the National Resources Division of the Central Intelligence Agency, and was Deputy Chief of the International Terrorism Operations Section of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Clauson gets enforcement powers
McDuffie County Solid Waste Director Don Clauson will now have the ability to ticket those who do not comply with the county's solid waste ordinance. Commissioners voted to give him the authority during their Nov. 2 meeting.
Prior to adding Mr. Clauson, the county relied solely on Enforcement Officer Gail Newsome to ticket those dumping or hauling trash illegally. County Manager Don Norton said it made sense to extend the authority to Mr. Clauson who sees much of the illegal hauling activity at the transfer station.
Partnership starts on runway
The Clarks Hill Partnership between McDuffie and four other surrounding counties has already begun moving toward the extension of the runway at the Thomson-McDuffie County Airport. W.K. Dickson is preparing the final cost analysis.
Officials hope to extend the runway several hundred feet to 5,500, allowing for insurance to cover the landing of corporate jets. The cost of the extension is estimated at $600,000. Repaving the current runway will already be needed in the next few years.