Todd County Fiscal Court has approved the purchase of a ladder truck that is expected to benefit the surrounding community and Novelis Inc., the automotive aluminum plant being established in Guthrie.

Speaking during a special-called court meeting Friday, Todd County Emergency Management Director Daniel Smith recommended the purchase of a 1992 truck at a cost of $35,000 that he said should meet the needs of the Todd County community.

Smith traveled to Landisburg, Pennsylvania, where the truck is being purchased from. Including some $1,800 in additional costs, the court agreed to buy the truck from the Pennsylvania company for $36,800.

Smith added he expects to spend another $4,000 to $5,000 to put equipment on the truck and bring it up to legal standards.

"I don't think we'll find a better deal," Smith said just before the court approved the purchase along with an appropriate transfer of funds.

During Friday's meeting, magistrates also accepted a revised Chapter 8 administrative code that identifies and describes the components of the compensation plan approved by the fiscal court for employees.

Included in the plan was information about hours of work, compensatory time off and overtime pay, among other aspects of the document.

In other business

•The court approved a motion to reappoint Tammy Robertson as county treasurer.

•Robertson read a list of accounts payable for the county that totaled $68,639.97.

•Todd County Judge-Executive Todd Mansfield announced the appointment of Brittany Prather to the Todd County Library Board.

•The court acknowledged a 10-year longevity raise for William Sweeney, an employee of the Todd County Road Department.

•Todd County Tax Administrator Mandy Petrie said she has collected $27,537.62 from Novelis Inc.

•The court took no action on a closed session to discuss pending or proposed litigation.

Reach Tonya S. Grace at 270-887-3240 or

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