Wayne County Commission Appoints Katherine Reeves to 7th District Seat

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   The Wayne County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, February 22nd, 2021. County Executive Jim Mangubat presided over the meeting. All commissioners were in attendance, including Herbert Brewer, Tom Mathis, Phillip Casteel, Vickie Petty, Stephen Pevahouse, Tim Prater, John McDonald, Kathryn Staggs, Sherrie Powers, David Martin, Mary Lauren Garner, Tim Powell, and Rickey Kelley. Also in attendance were County Clerk Stan Horton and County Attorney Andy Yarbrough.

   Commissioner Kelley first made a motion to approve the minutes of the previous commission meeting. Commissioner Prater seconded, and the minutes were approved. Commissioner Kelley then made a motion seconded by Commissioner Prater to approve the minutes from the various committee meetings, and those minutes were approved as well. 

   County Clerk Horton presented the following to serve as notaries with approved bonds: Jasper Smith, Beth Burns, Barbara Culp, Tonya Ricketts, Jennifer Haddock, Tyler Clayton, Talithia James, Martin L. Haggard, Jr., Patsy D. Hill, and Linda J. Butler. Commissioner Mathis made a motion to approve, and the motion was seconded by Commissioner Pevahouse. The notaries were unanimously approved.

   County Clerk Horton presented the bond for Clerk & Master Chassity Kelly for approval by the commission. Commissioner Powell made a motion to approve, seconded by Commissioner Staggs. The motion carried unanimously.

   Next, County Executive Mangubat opened the floor for nominations for the fulfillment of the 7th District seat left vacant by the passing of Commissioner Joe Hall. Commissioner McDonald nominated Randy Giles, Commissioner Petty nominated Katherine Reeves, and Commissioner Martin nominated Stephanie Pearson. County Clerk Horton called for aye and nay votes for each nominee. The votes were as follows: Randy Giles – 5 aye: Brewer, Prater, McDonald, Casteel, and Kelley; 8 nay: Garner, Mathis, Pevahouse, Powell, Petty, Powers, Martin, and Staggs. Stephanie Pearson – 3 aye: Prater, Powell, and Martin; 9 nay: Garner, Mathis, Pevahouse, McDonald, Casteel, Petty, Powers, Kelley, and Staggs; 1 pass: Brewer. Katherine Reeves – 7 aye: Garner, Mathis, Pevahouse, Petty, Powers, Kelley, and Staggs; 5 nay: Prater, McDonald, Casteel, Powell, and Martin; 1 pass: Brewer.

   Katherine Reeves was duly appointed to serve as 7th District commissioner with seven aye votes from the commission. She was sworn in by County Clerk Horton, and took her seat for the remaining business of the meeting.

   The flooding remediation project near the Franklin Cole property was next on the agenda. County Executive Mangubat stated that only one bid for the project was received, from Wayne County Rock in the amount of $60,853.98. Commissioner Brewer made a motion to accept the bid, and the motion was seconded by Commissioner Garner. The motion failed on roll call vote with Commissioners Brewer, Garner, and Prater voting yes, and Commissioners Mathis, Pevahouse, McDonald, Casteel, Powell, Petty, Powers, Martin, Kelley, Staggs, and Reeves voting no.

   An update on the proposed Ag Center was next. Jeff Minatra spoke about some changes that need to be made to the floor plans regarding the thickness of the concrete in the main floor area.

   Next on the agenda was a resolution for Wayne County to be added to the new 32nd Judicial District. Judge James Ross spoke in support of the resolution, and Judge Russell Parkes, District Attorney General Brent Cooper, and Wayne County citizen Harold Robertson spoke about their reasons for not supporting the resolution to change to the new judicial district. Following more discussion, Commissioner Brewer made a motion to table the resolution until the commissioners could each learn more about the change in judicial district. He also moved that one commission member from each voting district meet to discuss and gain more knowledge of the resolution. Commissioner Mathis seconded the motion to table, and the motion passed on roll call vote with Commissioner McDonald voting no and all other commissioners voting yes.

   Budget amendments were next. Commissioner Kelley made a motion to approve the line item budget amendments as presented, and Commissioner Staggs seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously.

   County Executive Mangubat next presented a list of items from the Sheriff’s Department and Clerk & Master to be declared as surplus and either placed on govdeals.com for sale or destroyed. Commissioner Kelley made a motion to approve. Commissioner Prater seconded the motion, and it was passed unanimously.

   Under departmental reports on the agenda, Road Superintendent Chuck Moser presented the renaming of a bridge located at 6001 Double Branches Road in honor of Army PFC Hollis Turman and Sr. Master Sergeant Jimmy Carl Turman. Commissioner Casteel made a motion to approve the renaming of the bridge. Commissioner Powers seconded, and the motion carried unanimously.

   Commissioner Mathis next made a motion to approve some highway department property as surplus. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Staggs and passed unanimously.

   Items from the Solid Waste Department were next. Commissioner Powell made a motion to nominate Commissioner Vickie Petty as the Solid Waste Board Chairperson, and Commissioner Staggs seconded. The motion carried unanimously. Commissioner Kelley made a motion to nominate Commissioner Mary Lauren Garner as Vice Chair of the Solid Waste Board. Commissioner Powell seconded, and that motion carried unanimously as well.

   Commissioner Kelley made a motion to proceed with the Keep Tennessee River Beautiful Cleanup in April. Commissioner Staggs seconded the motion, and it was passed unanimously.

   Sheriff Shane Fisher presented an oral report to the commission on statistics and items of interest at the jail and Sheriff’s Office.

   Next, Commissioner Mathis and Commissioner Powers discussed the process that should be presented to the Department of Commerce & Insurance regarding the roof of the courthouse. The commission agreed that County Attorney Yarbrough would discuss with the insurance company the reasons why the claim for the roof repairs was denied.

   Commissioner Mathis next informed the commission that the building committee would serve on the steering committee concerning the extension of Highway 641. Lillie Ruth Brewer, Tommy Tinin, Harry Floyd, and Chuck Moser will serve on the steering committee as well.

   As a final point of discussion, Commissioner Garner requested that items to be discussed in meetings be presented to commissioners prior to meeting days. County Executive Mangubat stated that regardless of what was to be presented, it should be at his office two Mondays before noon on scheduled meeting days so that the agenda can be printed in the newspaper and be included in the commissioners’ packets.

   With no further business to come before the commission, Commissioner Mathis made a motion to adjourn. Commissioner McDonald seconded the motion, and the meeting was adjourned.