County turns scrap metal into food

Staff writer

County commissioners had agreed Dec. 9 that when a $6,774 check for the sale of scrap metal was received, the proceeds would be divided seven ways among local food banks.

Hillsboro Main Street Ministries and Marion County Emergency Food Bank will both receive two portions because they serve larger populations.

At the commission’s meeting Dec. 23, Department on Aging Director Gayla Ratzlaff and Planning and Zoning Director Tonya Richards introduced the idea of possibly beginning a voucher program to distribute funds.

The money would be used for gift certificates given at the health department or department on aging for all area grocery stores. Income level would determine how much an individual’s voucher was worth.

Commissioners liked the idea, but decided to stick to the original plan. Main Street Ministries and Marion Food Bank will receive $1,935 while Tabor Food Pantry and Peabody and Florence food banks get $967 each.

Ratzlaff also gave a report of department business.

In other business:

  • Commissioners approved two bids for a new laptop for County Attorney Susan Robson, one being a Lenovo Think Pad for $1,205 and an HP ProBook for $1,317.
  • Park and Lake Superintendent Steve Hudson will buy a 2007 New Holland tractor after receiving the OK from commissioners. The asking price for the tractor starts at $50,000.
  • Commissioners amended appraiser Raymond Cook’s contract to add the provision of two weeks vacation per year. One week will be available immediately, with the addition of two weeks on the first anniversary date.
  • Commissioners met in closed sessions for 5 and 10 minutes discussing personnel. No action was taken upon return to open session.
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