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County road crews to return to regular hours

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By The Staff

By Jimmie Earls

Sun Staff Writer

It was worth a try, but now, it's back to business as usual.

At a meeting held on Monday, the Washington County Fiscal Court announced that county road crews will return to their regular work week schedule on Oct. 20. According to supervisor Albert Wimsatt, foggy conditions in the morning, combined with shorter daylight hours, pose a potential danger to workers on the road.

“The four day work week was working fine for us,” said Wimsatt. “But it's that time of year where it's dark every morning. The other morning when it was real foggy, one man looked up and there was a tractor trailer coming right at him.”

Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles added, “I don't think we intended for it to last too long. We just wanted to experiment to see how it was going to work.”

Wimsatt is pleased with the amount of work the crews were able to get done with the longer days, especially when doing blacktop work. Crews were able to get one and sometimes two extra truckloads completed during the workday.

The court did not say if the shorter work week would be tried again in the future.

In other business, the court awarded a contract to Mike Kelty to clean the armory at the rate of $60 per week. The other bidders included Ronald and Kathi Huntsberger who bid $90 per week and Terry Hill, who bid $110 per week. Kelty's contract becomes effective on Monday, Oct. 20.

Washington County Solid Waste Coordinator George Ann Palmer announced that a new 10-bin portable recycling container has been delivered and may be seen at the recycling center. The cost of the container was just short of $17,000 and was paid for by a state grant. The rolling container has separate compartments for glass, aluminum, plastic milk jugs and other materials. The county applied for a total of five containers and received one. Palmer said the county will try for two more.

The next fiscal court meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. Oct. 24.