Madison County commissioners agreed recently to purchase a vehicle for the county coroner’s office.
Coroner Julie Phillips asked the BOC to consider allowing her to purchase a 2007 Chevy Tahoe with 125,000 miles for $11,500. She noted that she has put 14,000 miles on her personal vehicle during her time as coroner, making numerous trips to the Georgia Crime Lab, hospitals and to meet with families of the deceased. She said she has worked 80 deaths so far in 2013.
“I’m really racking up a lot of miles,” she said.
Commissioner Mike Youngblood made a motion to allow Phillips to purchase the used Tahoe, but commissioner Jim Escoe said the coroner should get a new, dependable vehicle, adding that 125,000 is “a lot of miles.” Other commissioners agreed with Escoe. And the board voted 5-0 to solicit bids for the purchase of a vehicle for the coroner’s office.
In other matters, the BOC approved a tax refund for Joe and Wanda Parham, who paid two years of taxes on their home after the structure burned down. They were refunded $2,475. The board re-appointed Gabe Martin and Wayne Douglas to the county zoning board. They agreed to make the intersection of Sailors Road and Planter Gunnell Road a four-way stop. They expressed gratitude to the state for putting up guard rails in front of Hull-Sanford Elementary School’s playground, a measure they said greatly improves child safety. The board approved a request by Julia Lunn for Lionheart Construction to rezone four acres on Wildcat Bridge Road from A-2 to B for the construction of a facility where chicken houses and farm buildings will be built.
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