Board moves ahead with litter crew plan

Published 9:00 pm Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Some things just won’t go away.

     In an effort to further combat litter problems in Lincoln County, Lincoln County supervisors accepted a recommendation Monday from Lincoln County Sheriff Steve Rushing to add a work crew supervisor to form an additional litter collection crew.

     Supervisors said at their last meeting on Feb. 27 they had fielded dozens of complaints about litter on county roads and asked the sheriff if he could provide any additional help.

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     As of now, there is one crew working on litter collection three days a week, according to Rushing.

     Rushing said the help could either come from creating a new position of a work crew supervisor or from a part-time position. Supervisors said that with the amount of complaints they’ve received, adding someone full time would be the better choice.

     “The main thing we were looking at was productivity, if you want someone working two days a week or picking up litter full time,” Rushing said.

     The crew would be made up of four or five inmates plus the supervisor.

     According to Rushing, the new position would be pay around $20,000 a year, but will be worth $33,100 when all benefits are included. The sheriff said the hiring process would begin as soon as possible.

     In other dealings at the meeting, supervisors continued going over their policy of how county offices ask for additional funds or projects.

     In the previous meeting, the Rev. Jerry Wilson of District One took exception to officials asking for funding or other things in ways other than coming before the board. The matter was discussed for some time by the board before a decision to change the board’s policy was agreed upon.

     During Monday’s meeting, the issue of sending Sharon Lofton, clerk of justice court, to Jackson for a required judicial college meeting came up.

     Again Wilson brought up the fact that Lofton did not come before the board to ask for the funding for the trip, which would come out of her office’s budget. Lofton was out of town Monday and unable to attend the board meeting.

     After additional discussion on the matter, supervisors concluded that elected officials must come before the board to ask for funding outside their budget.

     Also at the meeting, County Administrator David Fields said the county’s insurance rates for health, dental insurance, life, and short-term disability would not be going up this year.

     Chancery Clerk Tillmon Bishop said that the rates not increasing would save the county some money.

     “Insurance is an expensive item for any company, so we definitely saved some money there,” Bishop said.