Commission hears from coroner-elect

Coroner-Elect Adam Downs talks to the commission.

Coroner-elect Adam Downs addressed the Cleburne County Commission Monday night during a work session about some concerns regarding the transportation of bodies.

Downs, who will take office in January, told the commissioners that once the current coroner, Tracy Lambert, is out of office, transporting bodies will become an issue. Lambert is also director of Cleburne County Emergency Medical Services.

“Right now everything is covered because I know EMS is still transporting but once the current coroner goes out and I take over that’s going to be an issue of how we are going to move bodies from location to location,” Downs said.

Downs asked the commission if the coroner’s office could get a vehicle in which to transport bodies and  $150 from the county for each transport.

“Will it be ethical and legal for the coroner’s office to charge $150 fee?” Adams asked the commission.

Commission Chairman Ryan Robertson said he needs to run that idea by the county attorney, Jason Odom, and it might be something that needs to be passed in a local act.

Downs also asked the commission to consider having deputy coroners for the coroner’s office.

Lambert said in a phone interview that he would prefer Cleburne County Search and Rescue to transport bodies starting in January.

“What I wanted to do is to try to let search and rescue to do all body transports and for the commission to get the coroner’s office a vehicle  that is respectful for that endeavor, and that was my goal. And then that way search and rescue could use that vehicle and receive the $150 which would give them a source of funding to assist them in their other endeavors,” Lambert said.

The commission also heard from a representative from the county’s garbage contractor, Advanced Disposal.

Billy Porter, site manager for the Lincoln office of the company, wanted to talk about recent complaints from customers, including trash cans being knocked over and communication problems.

“We’ve had a few snafus lately, we think we got the systems in place to fix all of that,” Porter said.

Porter said the information flow from their call center is as “good as it should be.”

“I’m not going to guarantee that the ball doesn’t get dropped sometime in the future on occasion but just like in Cleburne County here we’ve go over 7000 chances every week to drop the ball. We try diligently not to,” Porter said.

Commissioner Terry Hendrix said that he has been getting complaints from customers about the size of the trash can being too tall and narrow which makes it easy for it to tip over.