Van Buren County commissioner vacancy filled by Harris

By | March 28, 2013 12:00 am

With a full body present, the Van Buren County Commission was called to order at 6 p.m., March 16, 2013, at the civic center, in Spencer.
After dispensing with the reading of the minutes from the February meeting, the group proceeded with the next order of business. Appointing someone to fill the vacant position of county commissioner in the first district was quickly resolved, with a 6 to 3 vote for Tim Harris. Harris was sworn in directly after the meeting.
Next, the commission approved the resolution contingently accepting construction bids for water system improvements. The $444,562 Community Development Block Grant attached to this resolution will be used to make improvements to lines in the Fall Creek Falls Utility District, as well as purchasing a new tank from Phoenix Fabricators & Erectors Inc, from Knoxville.
A discussion involving the F&AM Mountain Lodge (Masonic building and land) ended up being turned over to the county attorney, Howard Upchurch, to file in court. According to the deed, the commission understood when the building and property were ready to be dispensed of it would be turned over to the county. Members of the lodge wanted to give the county the land but sell them the building.
The commission voted to donate a Ford Bronco to Van Buren County Rescue Squad and a blue GMC to the emergency management agency from three vehicles the county had taken off inventory. The third vehicle, an ambulance, would be put out on sealed bids.
Alex Renfro, from the law office of Ratliff Law Firm, addressed the group about set-up for the county on health care insurance. He spoke to the group about the Affordable Care Act and the needs of the county in preparing to meet the requirements of this plan while offering his services to help with this preparation. It was decided Committee A would review the information provided and present their findings to the full board.
Payment of $30,305.00 from Van Buren County to Plans and More, LLP for assisting with the Van Buren County, Tenn., Hazard Mitigation Plan was brought up under unfinished business. Sharon Armstrong, project planner, informed the county they are to pay Plans and More and, in turn, will be reimbursed. The first payment will be $5,014.83, with the balance to be made in subsequent payments. Van Buren County and the City of Spencer were awarded FEMA and TEMA grants, in November 2012, to write a Hazard Mitigation Plan.
Presentation of Committee B’s guidelines for use of the gym in the administrative building and the acceptance of Mickey Robinson’s application for Notary were new business brought before the commission.
Final business for the night was the request made by Commissioner Perry Simmons to donate land to Burritt College Alumni. It was suggested the request be sent to committee for further discussion. The commission had previously granted the American Legion permission to erect a memorial flagpole on the same land.

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