A visit by County Commissioner Glenna Borho to the recycling center brought up some questions for Environmental Director Robert Torres. Borho said an employee asked about a shower that used to be in the hazardous waste facility but is no longer there.

Torres said there was an eyewash station, but he was not aware of a shower. He agreed that it could be necessary for an employee to wash off acid or basic substances they encounter.

Discussion followed about whether the chemicals could be washed down the drain, or if the water would have to be captured and then pumped out and taken to a facility that accepts that type of waste.

Torres was asked to research the requirements for clean-up at a hazardous waste facility.

He was also asked about termite control at the recycling center and promised to check when a treatment was done last and how often it should be repeated.

Torres noted that, based on employee comments, the recycling center is getting more use.

He was given permission to begin advertising for a new employee to replace one who has transferred to the county landfill.

Zoning Administrator Tim Branscom reported that commissioners would be asked on Jan. 6 to consider a recommendation by the planning board.

At its last meeting the board heard a request from Queal Enterprises to construct a workshop on the county road just west of Sawyer. Don Queal said he intends to move his timber-related business from U.S. 281 to the new location to be closer to most of his work in Barber County.

The building will be used to store and repair equipment. Queal discussed plans for fencing and screening the property.

Undersheriff Jimmy White introduced new deputy Cory Arnold to the commissioners. He also said the architect would be at the jail in early January for a "walk-through" prior to developing remodeling plans.