Lawrence County highway crews prepare for the paving season

BEDFORD – Lawrence County Highway Department crews are gearing up and preparing for the paving season.

Today during the commissioners’ meeting at the Lawrence County Courthouse, the commissioners opened three bids for paving. Those three bids were taken under advisement.

“Crews are patching roads and replacing culvert pipes,” said interim Highway Superintendent Brandi Webb.

Work also continues on area bridges, according to Webb.

“Work will begin on Bridge 138 (on Oolitic Road) in July or early August with a completion date of November,” Webb added. “Work on Bridge 150 (on Mill Creek Road) will be completed in November.

The County Highway Department is also looking for truck drivers. Webb said those interested in applying for that position of others can drop off a resume at the courthouse or at the Highway Department.

There is also a need for 911 dispatchers according to Emergency Management Director Valorie Luchauer.

“Can you imagine your loved one is hurt in an accident and you call 911 and no one answers,” said Luchauer. “We are really short-handed, Some of our dispatchers are working more than 80 hours a week. This is Telecommunication Week and we are doing some special things for our dispatchers to show how much we appreciate them. That calming voice you hear is your first line of help.”

If you are interested in becoming a 911 dispatcher drop off a resume at the Sheriff’s Department.

Luchauer said she was in the dispatch center last week and in an hour the dispatchers received 15, 911 calls in less than an hour.

Chief Deputy Gregg Taylor reported there were 143 inmates in the jail this morning. Of those 117 are males, 26 females, 2 parol holds, 3 Level 6 offenders and 8 Department of Correction holds.

The commissioners also approved Veteran’s Affair Officer Brad Bough’s request to use the courthouse yard for a Memorial Day event on May 30th.