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November 22--  Montgomery County Commissioners held a ribbon-cutting Friday morning for the county's new Road Department compound in Mount Vernon.

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(L-R) Incoming county road department supervisor Milton Fountain, County Commissioner Tim Williamson, Mrs. Faye Dukes (Holland-Underwood Foundation), Commissioner John Carpenter, John Roller (HUF), Chairman Vernon Sumner, Don Christian (HUF), Commissioners Clarence Thomas and Frank Brantley, county manager Brandon Braddy and outgoing road chief Trawick Curl. 

A new building and renovation of an existing structure cost the county $133,000 which Commission Chairman Vernon Sumner says is well worth it.

"It means a lot to them.  They are going to be able to work out of the weather and have a good facility to help us out.  If you could see the one we used to have, you'd see a great improvement," he said.

The seven-member department maintains 400 miles of county roads, according to county manager Brandon Braddy.

The Commissioners also presented certificates of appreciation to board members of the Holland-Underwood Foundation which donated the land for the road department.

Chairman Sumner says the county also has plans to locate a computerized county fuel pump on the property that will be used by all county vehicles including the Sheriff's Department.  Authorized users will be given identification numbers to help account for fuel, he said.