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By James McAfee/The Knox County News-Courier—
BENJAMIN—The Knox County Commissioners Court approved a salary of $49,500 for a new county road commissioner after going into executive session last Monday morning.
The following morning, Leroy Clark and Ned Jones were hired as road hands.
Earlier on Monday, the commissioners approved a resolution to adopt a new transportation code for the county road system, allowing funds to be put into one of the precincts.
Prior to starting Monday’s session, Pct. 1 commissioner Johnny McCown, who had been sick and missed an earlier session, was sworn in by Judge Stan Wojcik.
In other business, the commissioners approved the purchase of a lot close to the sheriff’s department for $1,550 plus $13 in taxes, OK’d an agreement with the City of Benjamin to provide assistance with blading roads for $110 an hour for each machine used, approved bonds for elected officials and OK’d appointments to the Knox County Historical Commission board for 2021-2022.
The court also heard from Knox City mayor Gene Ward about the city’s need for help with road repairs. Commissioners will meet with him to get additional needs for a possible agreement.
No action was taken on finding a replacement for treasurer Rosie Ake after the applications deadline last Monday.