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Hazmat requires changes

Friday, April 1, 2005

By Ken Ross

The requirements for a Hazardous Material (Hazmat) endorsement on a Commercial Drivers License (CDL) are getting tougher, according to Larry Clark, county engineer, in comments made to the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

"Things have changed drastically since Jan. 1." Clark said.

The Hazmat endorsement is required to transport any toxic substance, including fuel, by any vehicle requiring a CDL to operate.

There are several county employees with a CDL but only one currently who has a Hazmat endorsement. Clark noted that none of the others are interested in the endorsement.

Periodic background checks and fingerprinting are required. A background check is required for an initial CDL but that is usually only done once.

Clark said that the sheriff's department is willing to take care of the fingerprinting but the background check requires use of an outside agency. Costs of a CDL, including the expense of an endorsement, are paid by the person getting a CDL.

"If we're going to require this we should pick up some of the cost," Clark said.

Board members agreed with that statement.

The board approved placing four names on a summer help list to be used as needed.

Four men, former county employees, who have CDLs have agreed to be on call to work part-time.

The supervisors noted that the county is fortunate to have such help available on a part-time basis.


The supervisors approved $1,500 toward the $12,430 Marcus Pool heater, which is being paid for through a combination of grant money and contributions.

The county funds being used are rural betterment funds that come from part of the county's portion of the one cent local option sales tax.

The pool heater in Marcus failed last year. A request was made at a previous supervisor meeting for a $5,000 county contribution. It was noted that about half of the people using the pool live outside the city of Marcus.

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