Heated Commissioner discussion over football stadium
By Derek McCaleb Contributing Writer
The Macon County Commissioners met in regular session at the courthouse in Lafayette on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 6:00. The meeting was called to order by Chairman Shelvy Linville and opened by Sheriff Mark Gammons. The invocation was led by Commissioner Jeff Hughes while the pledge was led by Commissioner Rosetta Driver. County clerk, James R. Howser, called the roll with nineteen members present.
During the meeting, a heated discussion took place between members of the Board of Education and the County Commissioners on the proposed repairs to the Macon County Football Stadium. It began when Engineer Daniel Masiongale presented a lengthy estimation of costs and repairs needed. He concluded in his presentation that the stadium could actually withstand several more years of use, but that he recommended repair and said that his proposed improvements would last for at least another 50 years. It was then determined, after some discussion, that the Board of Education had already begun requesting bids for repair work. Commissioners questioned this action on the part of the BOE, and Board member Walton responded “you guys asked us to get some numbers together and that’s what we are doing.”
Finally, Commissioner Boles made a motion to defer the stadium repairs till February so they could get more figures from the school board. This motion was seconded by Commissioner Snow, and the motion carried.
Following roll call Motion #1 was made by Commissioner Ray and seconded by Commissioner Wix to approve the election of notaries public. The commissioners voted to accept the nominations of Tara Hightower, Nancy Parrish, Melissa Roark, Veachel King, Brenda Eller, Susan Witcher, Sammie Peterson, Gene Carman III, Wendy Vaught, Tammy Davenport, Seltersia Roark, Hugh Wayne Smith, Linda Capps, and Lynn Shrum.
Motion #3 to approve the minutes of the following meetings: commission meeting from 12/16/2013, committee of the whole from 1/6/2014, and the fair board meeting from 1/2/2014. Motion was made by Commissioner Ray, seconded by Commissioner Witte, and then motion was carried by all.
Motion #4 to adopt budget amendment #1 for EMS. This motion was deferred from the last meeting of the committee of the whole on January 6. This motion was made by Commissioner Ray and seconded by Commissioner Hughes. Motion carried on roll call.
Motion #5 to adopt budget amendment #2 for the Highway Department. This motion was also deferred from the last meeting of the committee of the whole from January 6. This motion was made by Commissioner Gammons and seconded by Commissioner Boles. This motion carried on roll call as well.
A motion carried, adopting a Resolution (#98-1/2014) to declare Macon’s support of continuing TVA funding of the Four Lake Regional Industrial Development Authority. The Authority has been seeking to promote economic development, especially through getting a business into the Hartsville TVA Nuclear Plant. Recently, TVA had added a statute reducing funds to The Authority; the funds will cease completely in the 2013-14 fiscal year. Macon’s Resolution was in support of area legislators’ attempts to get the funding continued.
Before voting on this resolution, Chairman Linville made the comment, “Since being on the board, I’m seeing a huge improvement in the way Four Lakes is doing business now.” Chairman Linville further stated that he felt it would be very beneficial going forward with all five counties.
After this statement, Commissioner Morey interjected, “Are we still getting the prison?” Chairman Linville stated that they would still be getting the prison and is in the works to start construction sometime in March but he was unsure if that’s still on schedule. A motion to approve this resolution was made by Commissioner Ray and seconded by Commissioner Wix. Motion carried.
Motion #7 to defer the Sheriff’s camera bid (for the jails) to February due to the recent patrol car accident. This motion to place bids on cameras was deferred from the last meeting on January 6. Commissioner Witte spoke to this motion asking the Sheriff why he wanted to defer this motion for so long. “I want to see how much money they are going to allow me on the patrol car,” said Sheriff Gammons. Gammons went on to say that he was holding off to see where the money level was before asking for bids. A motion was made to defer this again by Commissioner Gammons and seconded by Wix, and the motion carried.
Motion #9 was carried, authorizing the county road department to haul dirt from Camden for the area’s baseball/softball leagues fields and for the school’s baseball/softball fields as long as the leagues agree to pay for the fuel cost. This motion was made by Commissioner Ray and seconded by Commissioner Boles. Motion carried.
Motion to adjourn by Commissioner Ray, seconded by Commissioner Boles. Motion carried.
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