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Communications director Bill Gibbs, right, listens as commissioner Bud Cesena read a proclamation for National Public Safety Telecommunications week during the board of commissioners meeting held Monday.

Monday evening the Board of Commissioners approved a proclamation of National Public Safety Telecommunicators week.

Read by Commissioner Bud Cesena, the proclamation said public safety telecommunicators in Lincoln county have contributed substantially to the apprehension of criminals, suppression of fires and treatment for patients.

“When you have an emergency at your home, that person that you will never see is probably the most important person in your life at that moment,” Cesena said. “And to have fully trained and staffed 911 Center/PSAPs is incredibly important.”

Commissioners voted unanimously to task county staff with researching monetary and staffing requirements in order to develop a stormwater ordinance for potential approval.

Lee Garrison, chairman of the Environmental Review Board, recommended the board allow staff to develop the ordinance. Garrison said that the county is getting between five and 10 complaints per week when rain events occur. He added that depending on the findings of the 2020 US Census, some areas in Lincoln county may be mandated to have a stormwater ordinance.

Commissioners approved a Preferred Equipment Resolution for the Hwy 73 water line. Public Works director Don Chamblee said the requested equipment is used by the county in other facilities and would create an advantage in cost savings.

Wilkie Construction was awarded a contract of $599,155 to renovate the former R.B. Cronland Hardware and Garden Center on Salem Church Road to house the Board of Elections.

Commissioners also approved a zoning request application that will allow for the multi-million dollar expansion of Race City Steel in Denver.

County Manager Kelly Atkins reported that staff were in the process of balancing the proposed budget, which will be presented May 20. The budget public hearing will be June 3.

Chairman Carrol Mitchem provided a reminder that a groundbreaking ceremony for the new West Lincoln Library will be held at 4 p.m. on April 25 at the site.

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