The Long County Commission has decided to continue using the body-transport the county has used for years.
The decision came at the commission’s recent June meeting and followed two months of conversations.
Wells Transport has had the contract with the county for 10 years, but Parker Mortuary Transport had asked for the contract. After sealed bids were presented and previous services considered, commissioners voted unanimously to continue using Wells. Chairman Bobby Walker excused himself from the discussion because he is related to Robert Parker, who owns of Parker Mortuary Transport.
Commissioners also discussed a bill from McIntosh County for the E-911 Wiregrass Communication Center in Darien. Walker said Long County had been billed $346,295, which is half of the operating cost of the center. He said Long County is supposed to be charged 40 percent.
Commissioner David Richardson, who is on the E-911 Board representing Long County said a surcharge helps offset the payment, but that it doesn’t bring in enough revenue to cover the entire amount.
The joint venture between the counties was established from a joint grant and set the board with two members from Long County, two from McIntosh and one neutral member appointed by the state. Currently Richardson and Mike McGowan represent Long County.
Richardson also reported that none of the nine jobs at the center are held by Long County residents, even though the agreement called for some to be from Long. He also added that filling these dispatcher jobs is difficult, due to a high turnover rate.
In other business:
• Commissioners reappointed William Miller as representative on the Coastal Regional Commission for a year.
• Commissioners told recreation department director Michelle Rogers that a no-smoking sign for the complex was being completed, and that bids are being sought to repair wind damage to the concession stand.
• Commissioner Wallace Shaw reported the road department is cleaning out culverts throughout the county, and replacing old metal culverts with concrete ones.