Linton's scrap metal is now Dugger's treasure, as a quick trip to the Linton City Garage saved the neighboring town hundreds of dollars on streetlamp repairs.
It all began when Dugger's newest town Councilman Larry Bedwell paid a visit to his brother Bill, who works for the City of Linton.
While at the barn, Bedwell noticed a pile of streetlight parts which seemed a good fit for the damaged ones Dugger was presently lacking in two Main Street locations.
"There was a great big pile of parts," Bedwell explained. "And they looked exactly like what we needed."
Bedwell asked what Linton officials planned to do with the outmoded gear.
Told the city workers planned to scrap the obsolete mechanisms which were no longer needed by Linton, Bedwell seized the chance to ask Dugger be given them instead.
After Linton Mayor John Wilkes consented, Bedwell loaded up the discarded parts.
Now, two streetlights -- including the ballast, lamp and cover -- have already been replaced on Main Street.
"He scrapped them all right," joked Town Council President Dwight Nielson. "He scrapped them right into his truck for us. Filled it up twice, I think, and saved us a lot of money."
Those older 175 watt halogen lamps, Bedwell explained, had been done away with by Linton's Street Department when the city switched to a more-energy efficient LED lighting.
That changeover, begun under the administration of former Mayor Tom Jones, inadvertently also cleared the way for substantial cost savings for Dugger.
"Each of those things, ballast and all, costs around $100," Bedwell explained. "I got 10 of them."
Dugger Council members praised Linton's officials for helping them during a financially trying time. The neighboring communities are closely linked due to Dugger purchasing its water from Linton, located just six miles east of the Sullivan County town.
In August, just prior to the resignation of Councilman Lane Lovelace and Bedwell's appointment to replace him, the town's coffers were running short $4,000 per month.
Much of that shortfall stemmed from a 30 percent rate hike which was imposed upon the town by its water supplier, the City of Linton, beginning Jan. 1.
Dugger's entirely new town council hadn't passed a concurrent increase to meet that jump in cost, which amounts to around $50,000 more a year in added expense.
Salary and benefit cuts to town employees followed, but when Nielson and his fellow Councilman Kermit King considered Lovelace's replacement, Bedwell was selected. Part of that decision, Nielson said, was based on Bedwell's technological know-how and the belief he could save the town money to help address the shortfall.
"He's started doing that for us already," Nielson said.