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Commissioners praise Johnson County response to storm

Posted January 9, 2013 by Joe Rehana in News
Much of Johnson County's secondary roads were impassible until the day after the 2012 Christmas snow storm that dropped up to 16 inches as two systems moved through the region.

Much of Johnson County’s secondary roads were impassible until the day after the 2012 Christmas snow storm that dropped up to 16 inches as two systems moved through the region.

The Johnson County commissioners met for a regularly scheduled meeting Monday in which the commissioners praised the rescue efforts of emergency personnel responding during the recent snowstorm.

A weather-related two-vehicle traffic accident on Interstate 24 held up traffic for hours, leading many motorists to seek an alternative route, which ended up causing more congestion and problems on Johnson County secondary roads.

“I want to thank the highway department, the ambulance service and Emergency Services & Disaster Agency coordinator Jim Haney,” said commissioner Jeff Mears for their emergency response efforts. “I also want to thank Mr. (Phil) Stewart for his tractor services.”

Mears said the accident prompted both motorists and commercial drivers to lean on GPS devices that landed many on a rural Buncombe Road, causing additional traffic jams and several vehicles ending up requiring a tow. Buncombe Road was not fully plowed before the traffic arrived and Mears said Stewart and other Johnson County residents volunteered their time and energy in removing snow and freeing stuck vehicles. Haney noted that the congestion on Buncombe Road resulted in an ambulance call before the end of the day.

Special agenda meeting announced for Thursday

The commissioners’ first meeting of the New Year included a short list of business and resulted in a call for a special agenda meeting scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 10, at 3:30 p.m. in which the regional office of education final resolution is on the table.

After approving the minutes of the Dec. 17 meeting, the commissioners approved the Pipe It Right bill it had postponed a vote on at their previous meeting and then moved to new business. In new business the commissioners discussed the budget for Johnson County expert witness fees. Johnson County circuit clerk Ryan O’Neal said the county paid out $1,000 in fees for 2012 following two years in which the county did not pay out any expert witness fees.

“You just don’t know when you will need it,” said O’Neal.

A budget of $3,500 was previously allotted for expert witness fees and it was suggested to leave “as is” until used up. No action was taken on the expert witness fees’ amended budget.

Highway and county bills were approved in the amounts of $57,217.65 and $111,974.22 respectively.

The county commissioners will meet for their next regularly scheduled meeting Jan. 28, at 3:30 p.m. in the Johnson County boardroom.