Mike Halder, a worker for the Cherokee County Secondary Roads Department, made a presentation last week to the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors, seeking part or all of the cost for high visibility clothing to be paid for by the county.
Halder presented information regarding what other counties do as far as purchasing or providing an allowance for high visibility clothing. He noted that the highest danger to road workers comes for traffic. He also noted that the standard orange clothing isn't the best color for high visibility.
Because cones and much of the equipment at a road construction site are orange, lime green is a color that stands out more clearly as worker clothing.
The matter will be considered by the supervisors.
John Geist of Ruan Securities presented bonding information to the council. The county is considering acting as a go between for the Pride Group (formerly Plymouth Life) which plans to remodel a building at the Cherokee Mental Health Institute campus. The Pride Group plans to double the number of beds in its residential mental health services facility and expand staff.
Interest is at about 4 1/2 percent for government entity borrowing but this could go higher if the bonds do not have tax exempt status or the county is not responsible for payment in the event of default.
The amount of the loan needed has not been determined, possibly $1 million.