The Wayne County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, May 20th, 2019 in the commission meeting room at the Wayne County Courthouse, with County Executive Jim Mangubat presiding over the meeting. Commissioners in attendance included Herbert Brewer, Tom Mathis, John McDonald, Tim Powell, Phillip Casteel, Vickie Petty, Sherrie Powers, David Martin, Tim Prater, Mary Lauren Garner, Kathryn Staggs, Stephen Pevahouse, and Rickey Kelley. Also present were County Clerk Stan Horton and County Attorney Andy Yarbrough. Commissioner Joe Hall was absent.
Commissioner Kelley made a motion to approve the commission minutes from the previous meeting as presented. The motion was seconded by Commissioner McDonald and was passed unanimously.
Commissioner Kelley then made a motion to approve the committee minutes. Commissioner Mathis seconded the motion, and those minutes were approved as well.
Four notaries were presented to the commission for approval: Bruce A. Moyer, Selena Staggs, Susan Gregg, and Sherry D. Qualls. Commissioner Martin made a motion to approve the notaries. Commissioner Garner seconded the motion, and the notaries were unanimously approved.
First under old business was County Employee Insurance. County Executive Mangubat stated that the Budget Committee had tabled the plan for insurance pending further research for a suitable plan, and hopefully an insurance plan will be presented after the next budget year begins.
Next, Tyler Taylor from Maury Regional presented the commission with the plans to renovate the Collinwood Clinic building, as well as plans to use a portion of the building to house an ambulance service to serve the south end of the county.
County Executive Mangubat then told the commission that a bid had come in for the repair of the roof on the Lincoln Brass/Mueller building. He said that this would need to be presented to the building committee before presentation to the full commission.
Budget amendments were next, with only line item amendments being presented for approval. Commissioner Brewer made a motion to approve the budget amendments, and Commissioner Petty seconded the motion. The budget amendments were unanimously approved.
Under new business on the agenda, Commissioner Kelley made a motion to increase the minimum water bill to $48 for all county water lines effective July 1, 2019. Commissioner Powell seconded the motion, and the motion was passed on roll call vote with all commissioners voting yes with the exception of Commissioner Prater, who voted no.
County Executive Mangubat then told the commission that the budget workshop meeting will be held on May 30th at 5:30 p.m.
Under department reports, Road Superintendent Chuck Moser addressed the commission first, stating that the bridge at Weatherford Creek Road is progressing, with the deck and one side of the railing already poured and the other side of the railing to be constructed within the next few days. After drying time and back filling of the site, the bridge should be ready to re-open. Moser also said that there are three more mercury bridges in the county that the state will be dealing with, located on Three Churches Road, Shields Cemetery Road, and Belew Hollow Road. He went on to tell the commission that the chip and seal crew will be starting up in two weeks.
Sheriff Shane Fisher then presented the commission with the jail status report. There was also a discussion regarding dispatcher payroll, with Sheriff Fisher stating that he had spoken with the Collinwood City Commission and has plans to meet soon with the Waynesboro City Commission and Clifton City Commission regarding the possibility of cities helping to fund dispatcher payroll.
Next, Gina Skelton with Boyd Cottages gave a report on the facility, talking about the painting, deck washing, and sealing that has been done already and what still remains to be done. The commission requested that Ms. Skelton look into the feasibility of providing the payroll directly from Boyd Cottages rather that going through the County Executive’s office.
School Superintendent Marlon Davis then gave a report on the school system, briefly addressing the fact that school enrollment has steadily declined over the past five years, partly due to the increase in home schooling.
Solid Waste Director Robert Hayes then gave a report from the solid waste facility. Commissioner Casteel made a motion to set a charge rate of 10% above cost of disposal fee for customers who bring in tires to the facility. Commissioner Brewer seconded the motion, and it was passed on roll call vote with all commissioners voting yes with the exception of Commissioner Prater, who voted no. Director Hayes also stated that flood debris cleanup is nearing completion.
Lastly, Commissioner Kelley made a motion to approve the sale of county properties that were auctioned off on May 17th, 2019. Commissioner Powers seconded the motion, and it 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.