BENTON COUNTY COMMISSION MEETS

The Benton County Commission waded through a long agenda Monday night in the regular monthly business session.

Benton County Mayor Barry Barnett sponsored a resolution asking the commission to donate 23.78 acres of land at the Industrial Park for the construction of a 13 county Second Harvest warehouse. The property would be located at the southwest corner of Natchez Trace Road and Benton County Industrial Road intersection south of Camden. After a lengthy discussion, the resolution passed.

Other resolutions to pass were: To appoint David Markham to fill the expired seat of Travis Pierce on the E911 board…..A resolution by commissioner Gary Evans to establish a Three Star committee and provide them with $2,500 annually for travel and other related expenses…..to appoint a Three Star committee……a resolution sponsored by Road Superintendent Buck Carter to appoint a local incident management committee to keep roadways clear and free of debris………to appoint Charlie Douglas to the Benton Count Economic Development Board……to appoint Dennis Watson to the Benton County Animal Shelter Board due to the resignation of Lynn Higdon….to affirm compliance with the federal Title VI regulations….to approve a new lease for a copy machine for the General Sessions Judge’s office…….resolutions failed that would appoint different members to the budget committee and that would reduce the pay for the medical examiner and investigator from $200 and $125 respectively to $75 each………resolutions introduced by School Director Mark Florence, Sheriff Tony King and Mayor Barnett to budget funds were all passed. A resolution to appropriate $15,333.86 for legal services in the EWS lawsuit and $1,750 for the medical examiner and medical investigator fees were approved. The commission tried once again to elect a chairman of the commission but once again it failed for lack of a majority. They did however, elect Commissioner Monte Montgomery as chairman Pro-Tem. The commission did not adjourn but rather recessed until Monday night at 6pm to continue discussion concerning the county employee health insurance issue.

The next regular meeting of the County Commission will be on October 21st.

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