2009-12-09 / Front Page

County to help fund fire departments

By Deborah Bennett Millen News Editor

Volunteer fire departments will begin receiving financial assistance from the county Jan. 1, 2010. The Jenkins County Commissioners approved $3,750 for each of the seven departments for January through June 2010. The action was taken during the Tuesday, Dec. 1, meeting of the group.

The departments had previously requested an annual commitment from the county of $7,500 to supplement their budgets. It was noted that the matter would be considered on an annual basis during the county’s budget deliberations for fiscal year 2010-2011 which begins July 1, 2010.

In a related matter, the commissioners reviewed and discussed a revised Fire Protection Services Contract between the volunteer fire departments and the county. A final draft of the document will be prepared for review by the fire departments with the commissioners expecting to adopt and sign the document at their next meeting.

County employees will receive a Christmas bonus this year, just a little less than in past years. The commissioners approved a $50 bonus for all full time employees and a $25 bonus for part time workers. In past years, full time workers received a $100 bonus and part time workers, $50. Employees will also be treated to a Christmas dinner.

Field Director Grady Lane reported that work on Phase I of the Jenkins County Courthouse renovation/repair project was expected to be completed by Christmas. Work on Phase II which would include restoration of the structure’s columns will soon be let for bids.

The commissioners approved a reduction in landfill fees for the Millen United Methodist Church. A charge of $20 per ton was approved for debris deposited in the landfill resulting from the demolition of the old Jenkins County Health Department building.

Bobbye Cobb was chosen as an appointee to the regional planning board for behavioral health, pending acceptance by Ms. Cobb. An alternate candidate was also approved. Other actions taken by the commissioners included: • Approval of a Senior Citizen Christmas shopping trip using the county van and driver; • Instructed county administrator to contact the Jenkins County Hospital to encourage the facility to become an in-network provider for lab services for county employees; and • Instructed field director to contact three roofing contractors to secure bids for needed repairs at the Senior Citizen Center.

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