The Macon County Commission Committee of the Whole met on Monday, April 7. Much of the meeting was spent discussing the controversial football stadium repairs, with commissioners finally voting to request that the Board of Education bring a report back to them in two weeks, detailing the amount that the BOE can afford to spend on the stadium.
Minutes of the meeting are as follows.
Present: Chris Wix, Kenneth Witte, Jeff Hughes, Phillip Snow, Jerry Ray, Scott Gammons, Larry Tucker, Mchelle Phillips, Ronnie McDuffee, Benton Bartley, Rosetta Driver, Ron Morey, Wendell Jones, Anthony Bullington Cathy White and Helen Hesson, Bryan Carter and Dewayne Whittemore. Absent: Tony Boles and Todd Doss.
Motion #1 by Ray, 2nd by Hesson to approve minutes as presented from the 3/17/14 Legislative Body Meeting, 2/11/14 Joint Economic & Community Development Meeting and the 2/18/14 Planning Committee Meeting and defer to the next meeting.
Motion #2 by Morey, 2nd by Carter to approve Budget Amendment #1 though #12 (#1 Other Charges, #2 Register of Deeds, #3 Planning, #4 Other Local Welfare Services, #5 Central Services, #6 Library, #7 Parks & Fair Board, #8 Rescue Squad, #9 Debt Service, #10 Library, #11 Public Safety Projects, #12 Other Public Safety) and defer to the next meeting. Motion Carried on Roll Call
Margaret Oldham and Randy Robinson were present to request financial help with the football stadium repairs. Ms. Oldham informed the commissioners of the only bid that they received. The total bid was $357,328.50 for a 50 year life span for the repairs from Clark Construction. Option #2 total was $342,617.89 for 50 year life span. Alternate bid total was $116,493.66 for a 10 year life span, which is basic and removed several items. Discussion ensued.
Ms. Oldham mentioned that the Board of Education funding could possibly be cut for the next couple of years, which will cut into their funds. Ms. Oldham stated that the school board had approximately a $200,000 rainy day fund. Discussion ensued.
Motion #3 by Witte, 2nd Morey to request the budget committee to check into paying half of the $116,493.66 repairs for a 10 year life span. Motion Failed on Roll Call.
Motion #4 by Gammons, 2nd by Hesson to request the school board members to see how much they can pay toward these repairs and bring the total back in two weeks at our next meeting. Motion Failed on Roll Call.
Commissioner Ken Witte asks Sheriff Gammons for an updated status on the E-cigs. Sheriff Gammons said that Mr. Witte could come by the Sheriff office and they could review this or he would have someone to report back to him at the next meeting. No action taken.
Motion #5 by Morey, 2nd McDuffee to approve the county attorney, Guy Holliman’s recommendation in regards to the closing of roads in Macon County and bring back a resolution to the next meeting. Motion carried.
Mayor Linville mentioned that the Ambulance committee will meet at 6:00 PM on April 14, 2014. Mayor Linville also mentioned that the Budget meetings will begin at 5:00 PM on April 21, 2014.
Discussion ensued again in regards to the football stadium.
Motion #6 by Bullington, 2nd by Tucker to give the school board $30,000 to pay toward the football stadium repairs and let the school board decide on those repairs. Motion Failed on Roll Call.
Motion #7 by Gammons, 2nd by Tucker to request the school board to report back in two weeks with a commitment as to the amount in which they can pay toward the football stadium repairs. Motion Carried on Roll Call.
Motion #8 by Gammons, 2nd by Morey to adjourn.