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Officials given tour of Sanitation Department
Warren County Sanitation Department director Josh Roberts recently gave a tour of the facility to county Health and Welfare Committee members. Pictured, from left, are Kasey Owens, committee chair Blaine Wilcher, Roberts, and Joseph Stotts. - photo by Taylor Moore

Since becoming director of the Warren County Sanitation Department, Josh Roberts has made plenty of strides for improvement. With all this growth, Roberts gave a tour of the Sanitation Department to members of the county Health and Welfare Committee.

Roberts reported to the committee after he reported to the Budget and Finance Committee that same night. Then he led the committee and all attendees around the facility. New office space and a kitchen have recently been added and Roberts showed committee members there is room for more growth.

Committee member Joseph Stotts was excited to tour the department. “It’s the first time in a while that I’ve seen the inside,” he said. Stotts complimented previous director Steve Hillis saying he always did a “top notch” job. Then he praised Roberts for his accomplishments as well saying, “Josh has done a great job. The building looks wonderful.” 

Stotts said the relatively new space creates a great work environment and that Roberts takes care of his employees.

Committee chair Blaine Wilcher added, “I’m impressed by what they’ve done.” He did added there isn’t much the committee doesn’t know about when it comes to the Sanitation Department, but visiting the facility for the first time since the pandemic, he was reminded of the improvements that have been made. 

“The difference is day and night from before the addition,” said Wilcher. 

The expansion project cost $20,000, which is a low price to essentially double the amount of space from before. Wilcher said the lower price is because the work was done in-house, which added to the impressiveness of the project.