Moving forward — Hillcrest contract has been signed
By MEGAN COOPER
Mt. Pleasant News
“The space is ready for Hillcrest to come in,” said Sarah Berndt, CPC for Henry County during the Henry County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday morning.
Hillcrest Life Services of Washington has begun its transition to Henry County. According to Berndt, the building is cleared out and ready for them to move in. The board approved and signed the contract that will allow Hillcrest to expand into Henry County.
“Their IT people will be in tomorrow (Wednesday) to look at the wiring and see about the phone and Internet connections,” said Berndt. “At this point, everything is on them now. We have done what we needed to and so whenever they are ready to move, they can.”
The board opened bids for the surveying of Lot 2 and Lot 3 of Crossroads Business Park for the land Endodontics Specialists L.L.C. has purchased. The board received bids from Warner Engineering in the amount of $1,500, Lance Surveying for the amount of $1,500 to $1,800 and K&K Surveying in the amount of $1,750.
After discussion, the board awarded the bid to Warner Engineering in the amount of $1,500 for the surveying of Lot 2 and Lot 3 of Crossroads Business Park.
Henry County engineer, Jake Hotchkiss, gave his weekly update.
“Well, I have about two weeks worth of updates since I was at the conference last week. We did some brush cutting last Monday and Tuesday on Nashua, which is west of Winfield and we also did some work west of Salem on Agency Road,” he said.
According to the engineer, the trucks were able to get out and salt and sand the roads with the snow we received.
“They had to salt and sand some curves, hills and intersections as a result of the snow,” the engineer said. “We have also been working on cutting some hedges over on Lexington Avenue because the trees were hanging low and the farm equipment was having difficulty getting through there.”
The quarry-crushing project is going well and Hotchkiss said that Preston Ready Mix has crushed about 87,000 tons of rock and should have about 90,000 tons by the end of the week. “We are looking at 150,000 tons by the time they are done. They have almost filled up the main pile and will be moving to a secondary location soon. There have been three blasts, and the last one happened on Wednesday or Thursday last week.”
Hotchkiss told the board about his superintendent, Matt Schinstock who gave his letter of resignation.
“I’m sad to see him go. He was a great employee. I understand he is doing what is best for his family, but it’s unfortunate. I wish him the best,” he said.
The engineer posted the vacancy in-house last week and will be going over applications received and setting up interviews. Once that process is done, he will decide what he will need to do next in order to fill the position.
The mechanic opening that was posted last week is now closed. Hotchkiss will look over the applications received and begin the interview process soon.
The Henry County Board of Supervisors will meet Thursday, Dec. 19, at 9 a.m. in the board room of the courthouse.