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Commission votes to fix Fire/Rescue truck

Fire engine No. 4 will stay with the McDuffie County Fire/Rescue Service fleet after all.

Commissioners decided Nov. 15 that the truck's value as a backup truck exceeds the few thousand dollars the county might realize on its sale.

The county will pay for repairs to the truck, which was damaged when another truck struck the Raysville Fire Station. The county will pay for repairs to the body of the truck. The engine was not damaged. Repairs will cost about $5,500. The county has accepted a settlement of $17,000 for damage to the truck and the fire station.

Commissioners previously voted to sell the truck. Tanner revived the question and made the recommendation at a public safety committee meeting before the regular commissioners meeting.

"We're not going to lose anything," Commissioner Paul McCorkle said in recommending that the county keep the truck. He said the truck could be pressed into service immediately if another truck were to be sidelined.

The aging truck has only 22,000 miles of service.

County Manager Don Norton said the cost of insuring the vehicle is minimal because it is part of an umbrella policy.

In other business:

Norton said the proposed lease of the former county tax office building on Main Street to World Finance is almost complete. He said a five-year lease with another five-year option would be available at the Dec. 7 meeting. The building became available when the tax office moved into the new government center. World Finance was the only company to express interest in the building at 406 Main St.

Commissioners approved donating wooden roller shelving at the old courthouse to Burke County. The interior of the former courthouse is being remodeled to make room for the elections office, the extension service and other county offices that now are in rental spaces. Norton said he checked with other county agencies, and no one needs the shelving. Commission Chairman Charlie Newton said the shelving services a very specific use, housing "those big old gigantic deep books." He recommended donating the shelving to the nearby county as a gesture of good will. Commissioners attached the stipulation that Burke County remove the shelving soon, so renovations can begin.

Commissioners approved speed calming devices at the GIW Industries property at 968 Ferrous Road. In a letter, foundry manager Keith D. Milburn said GIW occupies both sides of the county road, and vehicle and pedestrian traffic crossing the road has double over the past three years. The company requested three speed bumps, six caution signs, and a pedestrian cross-walk. Georgia Iron Works will pay the entire cost.

Commissioners received a report on county employee health insurance claims for the third quarter, showing lower claims than in the second quarter. Still, claims total $750,000 through October, up from $624,000 for the corresponding period a year ago. More details and a formal recommendation on insurance options are expected Dec. 7.

And, commissioners were notified of a resignation from the CSRA Economic Opportunity Authority. Tereatha Nwankwo was a McDuffie County appointee.

Web posted on Thursday, November 24, 2011

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