The Washington Times-Herald

January 10, 2013

Williams steps down as Martin County highway superintendent

By Courtney Hughett
Washington Times Herald

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.

The number is funded by the United Way, community foundations, and local, state and federal government.

Commissioner George read the veterans service officer, Tom Trambaugh’s, fourth quarter report.

According to the report, Trambaugh made 15 trips to the VA hospital or clinics for 2,451 miles, made 51 phone calls, and met with three veterans and/or their family members.

Being the first meeting of the year, the commissioners held the officer election for the board with George retaining the position as resident and Gregory being voted as vice president. This was also the first meeting for new Commissioner Kevin Boyd.The commissioners approved appointing themselves to serve on the redevelopment commission and the solid waste board, Boyd to serve on the SIDC board, Gregory to serve on the Alliance board, and George to serve on the district planning oversight committee. They also voted to keep David Lett as the county attorney.

The commissioners voted to reappoint John Jones as the courthouse custodian, Monte Wolf as emergency management director, and Mike and Andy Ringwald as assistant emergency management directors. The commissioners also have appointments to make for the Samaritan Advisory Board, WestGate Authority Board, Daviess-Martin Park Board, and the Martin County Health Department. George noted that anyone interested in serving on these boards should contact one of the commissioners.

Gregory said they are not dissatisfied with anyone currently serving on the boards, they just decided to open it up for others who may be interested.