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Big Branch Road residents want water

A water request topped Thursday’s meeting of the Lawrence County Commission.

Friday, June 29, 2001

A water request topped Thursday’s meeting of the Lawrence County Commission.

The commissioners heard a request from residents Big Branch Road to check into a water service situation in their community.

About 40 families want access to water and, even though water companies have works on each side, they cannot get water, commissioner George Patterson said.

Commissioners agreed to send letters addressing the residents’ concerns.

Also Thursday, commissioners:

– Agreed to seek funding for an ATV search and rescue class, as requested by Upper Township Volunteer Fire Department.

Jeff Scott made the request, saying the $275-per-person class will help train three people with ATVs, whom the department uses for search and rescue.

The department has conducted two rescues so far this year.

The department also has developed a special trailer for hauling victims on stretchers or backboards, Scott said. It attaches to ATVs, so training drivers will benefit future search and rescue missions, he said.

Commissioners agreed to seek funding for two trainees, perhaps from the Emergency Management Agency. The department already has a sponsor that will pay for the third trainee.

The county also suggested the department check with forestry officials or other sources for grant funds that could build more rescue trailers.

– Referred a complaint about the condition of County Road 14 to the county engineer.

– Announced a Union-Rome Sewer Advisory Board meeting on July 23 at 7 p.m. at Fairland High School.