County approves increase in rural garbage collection
The Clay County Quorum Court granted approval Monday night for the county's solid waste collection contractors to raise their monthly fees by $2.
Bill Crisman of Success Sanitation cited increasing fuel prices and landfill tipping fees, noting he and Shelton Sanitation have not requested a raise in the past two years.
County Judge Gary Howell said the landfill board voted last week to increase tipping fees by five percent.
The quorum court agreed to the $2 for Crisman and Shelton and for the two companies to implement the increase at their discretion.
Justice Bob Edwards was absent from Monday night's meeting.
The quorum court also agreed to raise the pay for equalization board members from $65 to $135 per meeting.
Board chairman Trent Holcomb said members sometimes meet for several hours at a time and are having more meetings. He said members spend whatever length of time is needed to resolve taxpayers' complaints.
He said the board is currently one member short and recruiting individuals to serve is getting more difficult. Besides Holcomb, equalization board members are Bill Vanlandingham, Doris Sellmeyer and Bob Hancock.
"I think it's a board that's very important to the county, especially now," Holcomb said. "We play an important role, and it's not something we take lightly."
In other business, the quorum court:
Approved a resolution to accept and approve Clay County's HUD PHA five-year plan and annual plan for 2004.
Approved an ordinance to appropriate Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funds in the amount of $18.192.26 for ice storm damages. The funds will go to the county road department.
Heard from Justice Rex Smart that paving on Stairstep Road near Knobel was completed two weeks ago.
Discussed with Circuit Clerk Janet Luff about budget preparation in regards to a question of differences in salaries paid in her office and the county clerk's. The quorum court heard details earlier this year, and Justice James Jeffress said the matter will be reviewed during the yearly budget meeting.