The Grainger County Commission addressed a laundry list of items in Monday’s meeting at the Grainger County Justice Center.
Johnny Baker was reelected as chairman of the legislative body for another year. He was nominated by Commissioner Larry Johnson and seconded by Commissioner Darrell Stratton. Andy Cameron, who was reelected as Chair Pro Tem, took command of the meeting while Baker was nominated. Baker reassumed chairmanship of the meeting when Cameron was nominated and reelected by the commission.
An update on a sewer plant for Kingswood Home for Children in Bean Station was given by County Mayor Rick Byrd.
Byrd said that the proposal for the plant was being sent back to the drawing board for a smaller plant to serve the home only.
A grant had previously been obtained to construct sewer for the home and a line to Bean Station Elementary School. Byrd said that costs to extend the line from Kingswood to Bean Station Elementary was $50,000 to $100,000 more than what was budgeted.
The architect will return to the Bean Station Board of Mayor and Aldermen for further action.
The position of a full-time director for Grainger County Emergency Medical Services has been advertised.
There have been five persons who have applied for the position, Byrd said.
Sheriff James Harville reported that his department’s budget is going to be “tight” due to budget cuts.
“I’ve tried to stretch a penny into a nickel as much as I can,” Harville said. “I’ll try, that’s all I can do, I’m just giving you a heads up.”
Harville gave back $150,000 budgeted to his office during the budget process to help the county balance the budget.
Solid Waste Director Ed McBee received approval to hold an auction to sell a 1970-model bulldozer after it is appraised. McBee and Byrd will also get together to propose a $1 disposal fee for regular passenger tire disposal and $3 per tire for truck tires and tires that are on rims. McBee reported that the county paid $13,755 to get rid of tires last year.
The fiscal year 2020 budget received approval from the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury.