The Wayne County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, February 18th, 2020 in the commission meeting room at the Wayne County Courthouse. Due to the absence of County Executive Jim Mangubat, Chairperson Pro Tempore Rickey Kelley called the meeting to order. Commissioners in attendance were Herbert Brewer, Tom Mathis, Phillip Casteel, Vickie Petty, Sherrie Powers, David Martin, Tim Prater, Mary Lauren Garner, Kathryn Staggs, John McDonald, Stephen Pevahouse, and Rickey Kelley. Also present were County Clerk Stan Horton and County Attorney Andy Yarbrough. Commissioners Joe Hall and Tim Powell were absent.
Commissioner Mathis made a motion to approve the minutes from the previous commission meeting. Commissioner Powers seconded the motion, and the minutes were approved.
Commissioner Garner made a motion to approve the committee minutes from the various committee meetings as presented. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Petty and was passed unanimously.
County Clerk Horton next presented one notary for approval, Constance Renee Davis. Commissioner Garner made a motion to approve, and Commissioner Powers seconded the motion. The notary was unanimously approved.
Clerk and Master Chassity Kelly then presented an official bond. Commissioner Petty made a motion to approve the bond. Commissioner Prater seconded the motion, and the bond was unanimously approved.
Next, Commissioner Mathis made a motion to approve the budget amendments approved by the budget committee. Commissioner Prater seconded the motion, and the budget amendments were approved unanimously.
Commissioner Prater made a motion to approve the amendments for the Sherriff’s Department as approved by the budget committee, and the motion was seconded by Commissioner Powers. Those amendments were unanimously approved as well.
The first item under old business on the agenda was the continued discussion of the flooding issue at the Franklin Cole residence. Cole’s attorney, Josh Polk, asked if this could be postponed to the next meeting due to the absence of County Executive Mangubat, and the commission agreed.
Next was a discussion regarding needed repairs to the camera system at the Criminal Justice Center. The estimated cost to repair and update the system is $38,500.00. Commissioner Casteel made a motion to approve the repairs as the budget committee approves the funding. Commissioner Powers seconded the motion, and it was passed unanimously on roll call vote.
Needed repairs to the saliport at the jail were addressed next. Commissioner Mathis made a motion to approve the repairs under the presented plan option B, pending funding as approved by the budget committee. Commissioner Powers seconded the motion, and it was passed unanimously on roll call vote.
Chairperson Pro Tempore Kelley then read a resolution of no consent to refugee resettlement in Wayne County. Commissioner Garner made a motion to approve the resolution, and the motion was seconded by Commissioner Brewer. The resolution was unanimously approved by the commission.
Bonnie Walker from the South Central Tennessee Development District next made a presentation to the commission in order to help get the word out to Wayne Countians age 60 or older, or disabled, who may be eligible for various programs such as SNAP and housing repair.
Sheriff Shane Fisher then gave a status report on the Wayne County Jail and Sheriff’s Office, and Road Superintendent Chuck Moser gave a brief report on the Highway Department.
JECDB Director Rena Purdy reminded everyone that the Wayne County Industrial Development Board would be meeting on Tuesday, February 25th.
Solid Waste Director Robert Hayes asked the commission to accept the recommendation of the solid waste committee concerning the fees for tire disposal. Commissioner McDonald made a motion to approve. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Prater, and was passed unanimously.
With no further business to come before the commission, Commissioner McDonald made a motion to adjourn. Commissioner Powers seconded the motion, and the meeting was adjourned.