The Benton County Commission met Monday night to conduct county business. The commission waded through a long agenda that included a presentation by Christy Hodge on the upcoming Moving Wall exhibit at the Veterans Park next weekend. The exhibit will be open for viewing 24 hours a day Oct 31-Nov. 4th.
A resolution to appoint a new member to the commission resulted in Jerry Brandon with 8 votes over 7 for Bill Nobles for commissioner for the 4th district. Lisa Hall was appointed to the Library Board to replace Melody Cochrane. A resolution to approve the County Employees handbook was postponed. A resolution to amend the Rules of Order regarding the appointment of Standing Committees by a vote of 17 to 0.
The Commission gave approval to St. Mary’s Catholic Church to proceed with improvements which would require activities on County Property. The County voted to take possession of the Pierce Cemetery, protecting the graves of an early County Magistrate and his wife from being exhumed.
Resolutions passed included; To authorize the County Mayor to change fire extinguisher services for county buildings and to obtain bids for humidifiers to correct the mold problem at the Jail. Resolutions passed to budget donations received by the Animal Shelter for adoption fees; funds received by the Sheriff’s Department for towing, inmate co-pay, child support fees, gun permit checks and telephone commission; Received by the Sheriff’s Department for Drug Control Fund; Funds received by the Library for fines,copy fees and faxes; To budget funds received by the Benton County Airport from the sale of gasoline; To budget funds received by the Highway Department from the sale of materials; Funds received by the Highway department for Disaster relief; a resolution failed to require all funds and revenues generated by the sale of products, books and surplus property to be deposited in the County General Fund; To budget funds in order to refund Drug Court Fees back to the State of Tennessee; To budget funds for SOR Reserve; the Commission approved the payment of invoices for the County Medical Examiner and Medical Investigator; They Authorized the payment of invoices for legal fees associated with EWS lawsuit. the County has already spent $124,000 in this suit; Funds were appropriated for computer support for the Juvenile Court and Detention center; A motion was made by Commissioner Kyle to enforce a law holding the County Mayor personally responsible for over-spending beyond the appropriated limit, earlier sent by the commission. This was referred to the Ethics committee.
The next meeting of the Commission will be on November 18th.