Home Health, garbage contracts get county OK

By DEUCE NIVEN

     Columbus County Home Health is going under the Kindred Healthcare umbrella, a divided Columbus County Board of Commissioners ruled Monday.
     Kindred, based in Louisville, Kentucky, was by far the highest of three bids to purchase the county owned agency that has been bleeding red ink for years, offering $3.5 million.
     Commissioners Edwin Russ and Amon McKenzie cast the only votes opposing the sale, but did not say why.
     Commissioners also approved a new garbage contract with Waste Industries that will save taxpayers $2.3 million in the next five years as compared to the existing contract with Waste Management, Inc.
     Property owners will be receiving new trash cans, and the county will be serviced by a fleet of new trucks, the contract said.
     For more on both stories see this week’s Tabor-Loris Tribune in print and online.

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