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Trimble considers telephone provider change
, Courier Staff Writer
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 11:00 AM
Trimble County magistrates discussed a possible switch in telephone providers during a meeting Monday morning.
The switch from AT&T to Time Warner would provide a savings of nearly $960 a month for the telephone lines serving county offices. The county currently has internet services through Time Warner, but a bundle package of telephone and internet services could make a significant difference in price, Trimble County Judge-Executive Jerry Powell said.
The rates would be locked in for three years.
The county's solid waste coordinator Matt Gossom, who also works with the county's technology systems, said county officials have begun to find unused lines in different offices so the savings could be even more than what has been projected.
Magistrates unanimously approved the change from AT&T to Time Warner.
Powell said after the meeting that none of the county phone numbers will change because of the switch in providers.
Also during the meeting, magistrates discussed the purchase of a new vehicle for the county road department and for the county jailer.
Roads supervisor Kenny Tindle said a truck used at the department has over 200,000 miles on it and the tailgate had rusted off. Crews lost the truck's tailgate while driving down the road last week, he said.
Magistrates plan to look into the purchase a Ford F-150 or F-250 for the department.
The jailer also requested a new vehicle. The car currently used to transport prisoners had several costly repairs that need to be made, Jailer Bobby Temple said.
Magistrates discussed the purchase of a new Ford Explorer instead of a car.
Temple said he plans to continue to use the department's van for local runs to and from the Carroll County Detention Center and Oldham County.
Magistrates approved up to a $30,000 allowance each for the purchase of two vehicles. Magistrates asked Tindle and Temple to check out a possibly package deal for the purchase of both vehicles from the same dealership.
In other business:
Magistrates granted approval for the water district to apply for a homeland security grant. The grant would allow for the purchase of generators at the Brays Ridge Road station. The water district would pay for 100 percent of the purchase, then be reimbursed for the purchase.
Magistrates accepted bids for gravel and asphalt during the meeting. Nugent Sand Company and Liter's Inc. submitted gravel bids, while Mac Construction and Excavating and Ohio Valley Asphalt submitted asphalt bids. No bids were submitted for culverts.
The Fiscal Court appointed Diane McKinney and Diane Pierce for an upcoming term to the Trimble County Public Library board.
Magistrates approved a reimbursement from the state's Administrative Office of the Courts for use of the Courthouse. The $65,000 reimbursement is for use of 85.7 percent of the building.
Powell said the usage increased a little from the previous year, but the reimbursement rate is not locked in.
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