Highco CEO Keith Alcorn
Highco CEO Keith Alcorn
Highland County Commissioners Jeff Duncan, Shane Wilkin and Terry Britton met with Keith Alcorn and Bev Jeffries of Highco at their Wednesday, April 19 board meeting.

Alcorn, the Highco chief executive officer, informed the commissioners of the need for additional space at Highco, particularly for its recycling and production services.

Highco, Inc is a non-profit organization based in Hillsboro that serves individuals in and around Highland County with developmental/intellectual disabilities, offering several services, including: vocational training, job development, summer youth programs and job coaching.

Alcorn noted that Highco has completed its CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) accreditation.

"We have received a three-year accreditation from CARF," he said.

Founded in 1966, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities is an independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human service.

"We're also looking for somewhere to expand our operation," Alcorn told commissioners.

"Recycling has basically stopped compared to what it used to be. We've got to find some space."

"The Highco recycling has been a great program," Britton said. "I hate to hear that it's dwindling. It's good for the county and for commercial businesses."

"Are you looking to get the recycling back online?" Wilkin asked.

"Yes, there are ways to make that happen," Alcorn said.

"Are you looking to go off-site?" Britton asked.

"Yes," Alcorn said. "We're amenable to any space for production, recycling, shredding and office space is needed. We'll have to find additional space."

Alcorn thanked the commissioners, Board of DD Superintendent Deb Buccilla and Roger Williams Auto Sales for its assistance in getting five vans for transportation.

For more on Highco, visit http://www.highcoinc.org/.

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• Commissioners approved, 3-0, a motion to upgrade the office email system with IX Web Hosting.


Commissioners passed two resolutions by 3-0 votes:

• A request from Probation for an appropriation from unappropriated funds to the Prosecutorial Diversion Budget.

• A modification within the Airport Debt Retirement from interest to principal in the amount of $2,000.

Special meeting

Commissioners will be meeting in a special session at 1:30 p.m. Monday, April 24 with an executive session for personnel.