Commissioners OK money to repair road

After 50 years in the trucking business, Ray Jones said he was tired and decided to close up shop.

“I decided it was time to do a few things I wanted to do besides baby-sit truckers,” Jones said.

Being a trucker, he also knows a thing or two about road conditions in the area. The former Ray Jones & Sons Trucking and his home both are at 1301 Wells Road, Waterford. He said he now runs a repair garage there.

Jones said road slips have developed near his home, mainly because too much water has run over them.

Washington County Commissioners on Thursday approved $8,391 for that slip-repair project on Wells Road (Washington County Road 174) using pipe pilings.

“The road is fairly narrow there anyhow,” Jones said. “(Trucks) can get through by keeping to the upper side of the road. Nobody wants to drop off the berm because there’s nothing there.”

Commissioners also approved two other expenditures from Washington County Engineer Roger Wright:

$12,750 from Joy Excavation to extend a culvert on Huck Road (Washington County 79) near the 2.53 mile marker in Adams Township.

$39,416 for new 2013 F550 cab truck from Family Ford. The purchase was compared to a 2014 model for $42,140.

Wright said the truck will be equipped with a flat bed and it can be used for multiple purposes. This past winter, the department bought a salt spinner and used it in a pickup truck. Wright said too much product was being wasted in the process, and the machine was too heavy for the truck.

Wright also said the truck will be used with weed control to rid the righ-of-ways of Johnson grass.

Commissioners on Thursday also approved Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks’ request to add a part-time nurse position in the jail. The part-time nurse will make $15 per hour. This would cost $31,200 per year, or $15,600 for the remainder of this year. The jail has two nurses already on staff.

“Working as a nurse in a correctional facility is very challenging and demanding and requires special talents to meet and deal with inmates who are constantly striving to obtain pain and sleeping medications by faking maladies and various symptoms,” wrote Mincks in a letter to the commissioners.

Mincks also reported that changing from contract emergency medical technicians to a part-time nursing staff has been beneficial to jail operations. However, he wrote, the nurses’ work loads have been growing. By adding an additional nurse, that position will cover 87 of the 168 hours of coverage per week. Also, corrections officers no longer will have the responsibility of dispensing medications to inmates.

Commission President David White said it is less expensive to have a nurse than to take inmates with mild medical issues to the emergency room via ambulance.

The commissioners reported sales tax receipts for January through May are 4 percent more than they were in the same period of 2012. May’s receipts also are 11 percent more than in May 2012.