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Carroll County Fiscal Court | Jan. 28, 2014

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By Jeff Moore

Winter weather leads to overtime, damage

Carroll County has already used more than 600 tons of salt on county roads and more is on the way to battle this year’s wintery weather. Tomlinson said the snow and ice has already led to more than 120 hours of overtime for county crews. He said the cold temperatures have also led to some damage. Several pipes in the historic downtown courthouse building have busted because of the sub-zero temperature. There have also been breaks at Camp Kysoc and the county park, he said. As warmer weather returns, there will be more repairs needed to water lines at all of the locations. Tomlinson also warned that highways in the county will soon be riddled with potholes that have already started to show up in places such as Hwy. 227 and on Interstate 71. “It’s going to get a lot worse,” he said, as the weather warms and the roads begin to breakup.

County wants use cut trees for firewood

Tomlinson said he contacted officials with the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program about working out a way to use tree tops and other wood left by the logging activities at General Butler State Resort Park to help heat homes. The logging is taking part because of the infestation of the emerald ash borer that is killing ash trees. But Tomlinson said LIHEAP officials said they were not able to take part in this effort, which would involve cutting up the wood for families who get assistance with heating their homes. He said he is going to continue working on options to keep this wood from going to waste. “It would be beneficial to people who need wood for heat,” he said. Tomlinson said he may run into other challenges, such as concerns from the state parks about liability in the event someone gets hurt.