SHOALS — Jim Williams told commissioners he has decided to step down from the position of highway superintendent. Williams has served in that capacity since May of 2009, preceding the previous superintendent Darrell Courtright.
He said he would be willing to serve until a replacement is found and feels it is time that he goes back to being a crew member instead of being the leader.
He noted that he will stay on the District 10 planning oversight committee if needed also. Williams gave the commissioners a copy of the highway superintendent job description that was on file at the highway garage. Commissioner Dan Gregory thanked Williams for the time he served as superintendent.
The commissioners decided they will take some time to look for a replacement and possibly hold a special meeting in the future. Williams will serve until a new superintendent is hired.
For his biweekly report, Williams told commissioners that as a result of the recent snowfall, his 12 employees accumulated an extra 276 hours in comp time. Commissioner Paul George said that for a total of about 22 inches of snow received, he didn’t think this was bad. Williams added that the department is still in good shape as far as salt and sand for roads.
Williams said the beams will be set on the Deep Cut Lake Road bridge this week. He said, weather permitting, the next few weeks will result in a lot of progress on the bridge.
EMA Director Monte Wolf told the commissioners that he has been informed that a 2-1-1 number is in operation in the area now. The 2-1-1 hotline is for anyone needing basic services such as food, shelter, clothing, utility assistance, mental or physical health needs, employment support, support for older residents or those with disabilities, support for children, youth or families, or volunteer opportunities or donations.