Cookoff winners give back prizes for trees

Enthusiasm for tree planting at Marion County Lake is so high that the winners of the $50 and $100 chili cookoff prizes last weekend at the lake donated the money right back yo lake officials for tree purchases.

Lake & Park Superinten?dent Steve Hudson received approval Monday at the Marion County Board of Commissioners meeting to turn that idea into a $1,500 purchase of 19 to 20 5-gallon-container trees from cooperating nurseries for planting this fall.

Hudson said he may go particularly heavy with planting black locust trees around the swimming area.

The commissioners decided to consider a program offered by their Volvo heavy equipment dealer to Marion County and one other county to equip road and bridge with two or three new 3.5-cubic-yard loaders with short-term replacement to keep the program up to date.

They accepted a road and bridge transport fuel bid of $22,330 for 5,500 gallons of diesel and 2,500 gallons of unleaded gasoline from Cooperative Grain & Supply of Hillsboro over a competitive bid of $22,433 from Cardie Oil Inc. of Tampa.

County Clerk Tina Spencer said her office has received election ballots enabling early general election to begin Oct. 15.

The commissioners awarded Hett Construction of Marion a $4,320 construction bid for a concrete 24-foot entry way, curbing and guttering for new handicapped parking to be built in the southeast corner of the courthouse grounds covering the space where the former jail building was.

Rollin Schmidt, noxious weed, household hazardous waste, transfer station and recycling director, was given permission by the commissioners to sell a weed spraying unit that has been replaced for $500 to a person who made the offer.

Schmidt reported collecting 480.76 tons of solid waste and 16.24 tons of recyclables for September. The waste disposal cost per ton averaged $43.42 for fuel, driver and tipping fee with $17,280.08 in tipping fees for the month.

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