Wilkinson County supervisors adopt loss-control policy

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, March 9, 2004

WOODVILLE &045;&045; In an effort to meet requirements for liability insurance renewal, Wilkinson County supervisors Monday voted 4-1 to adopt a loss-control policy suggested by the county’s insurer.

Phil Hinton, a representative of the Arthur J. Gallagher Group, told supervisors adopting such a policy allows the county to better protect itself from potential liabilities.

&uot;If we put (the policy) in place, then we need to practice it, too. When we run our MVRs on employees, it shows we’re being proactive,&uot; Hinton said.

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A major part of the county’s responsibilities under the new policy will involve checking driving records of county employees, Hinton said.

Under the agreement, the county will check county drivers for moving violation reports upon each driver’s initial employment and annually thereafter.

District 5 Supervisor W.G. Johnson voted against the policy. He said the county should require the checks at six-month intervals.

&uot;Too many drivers will fall through the cracks if you only look at them once a year,&uot; Johnson said.

Supervisors and insurance representatives agreed that Class D commercial licenses are sufficient for most county drivers under state law.

Hinton also suggested that each supervisor begin using road and bridge inspection checklists to document and report problems in their districts a timely manner.

In other business, the board voted 4-0 with Johnson absent to accept the lone bid of $37,800 from Kay Radio & Electronics of Alexandria, La. for the purchase and installation of nine vehicle video systems for the sheriff’s department.

Each system will cost $3,950. Installation fees will be $250 per system, according to the bid.

The equipment and work will be paid for with funds from a $125,000 Department of Defense grant the sheriff’s department received last year.

The board appointed James Scott as the District 1 representative on the county’s Economic Development District.

It also retained Rev. Nathaniel Nelson as the EDD District 2 representative.

Board members will meet again at 9:30 a.m. March 15.