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Supervisors discuss hauling ordinance

June 3, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The Clay County Board of Supervisors voted Monday to hold a special meeting at 9 a.m. June 12 to open sealed bids.
The county owns 17.14 acres of land on Highway 45 South that the board intends to lease for the collection of hay, and advertised for bids to lease the land beginning Monday.
The board also discussed a hauling ordinance for county roads. Clay County Chancery Clerk Amy Berry said the county has a heavy-load hauling ordinance, but the way the ordinance is worded, it’s at the discretion of the each supervisor to determine any bond or insurance requirements from haulers in their district.
The board agreed to a $35,000 bond from each hauler to repair any damage caused to the roads, but it is still working on an across-the-board policy for specific requirements for haulers.
“A hauler is required to call the supervisor of the district they are hauling in and get a route,” Berry said. “General liability policies don’t cover damage to road beds, and the board wants to find a way go have a consistent policy for each district.”
District 2 Supervisor Luke Lummus said the board has been talking about this ordinance since January, and it needs to come to an agreement on the policy because haulers are coming to the county for permits and can’t get one.
“We’ve got people wanting to do business, and we can’t let them do business,” Lummus said. “We’ve been batting this back and forth six months and we’ve got to finalize this thing.”
Board Attorney Bob Marshall said he has reworded the ordinance three or four times in an attempt to get it the way each board member wants it, but he keeps getting different opinions from different board members.

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