The Wayne County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, June 17th, 2019 in the commission meeting room at the Wayne County Courthouse, with County Executive Jim Mangubat presiding over the meeting. All commissioners were in attendance, including 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, Joe Hall, and Rickey Kelley. Also present were County Clerk Stan Horton and County Attorney Andy Yarbrough.
Commissioner Kelley made a motion to approve the commission minutes from the previous meeting as presented. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Mathis and was passed unanimously.
Commissioner Kelley then made a motion to approve the committee minutes. Commissioner Powers seconded the motion, and those minutes were approved as well.
Three notaries were presented to the commission for approval: Scott Kelly, Billy E. Kelly, and Patricia Pigg. Commissioner Martin made a motion to approve the notaries. Commissioner Pevahouse seconded the motion, and the notaries were unanimously approved.
First under new business, County Executive Mangubat asked for permission on behalf of Maury Regional to allow the use of $15,000 for hospital improvements. Commissioner Mathis made a motion to approve, and the motion was seconded by Commissioner Garner. The motion passed on roll call vote with Commissioners Prater and Kelley casting dissenting votes, but all other commissioners voting yes.
Next, Commissioner Kelley made a motion to approve the Annual Fiscal Letter for the ThreeStar Communities program. Approval of the letter is necessary to be able to apply for certain grants. Commissioner Petty seconded the motion, and it was passed unanimously.
Budget amendments were next. Commissioner Mathis made a motion to approve the line item budget amendments presented for the general fund. Commissioner Powers seconded the motion, and it was unanimously approved. Commissioner Kelley then made a motion to approve the line item budget amendments for the Highway Department. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Garner, and was unanimously approved as well.
Commissioner Powers then asked if the commission still planned to omit the December meeting. County Executive Mangubat said that it would be decided when the commission reconvenes on June 27th.
Under department reports, Sheriff Fisher addressed the commission with statistics from the Sheriff’s Office and Wayne County Jail. He reported that the jail is currently housing 116 male inmates and 41 females, with 72 of those being held for TDOC at the rate of $39 per day. The Sheriff’s Office has served 791 warrants since the beginning of the current fiscal year, and answered 3,832 calls.
Wayne County Chamber of Commerce Director Christine Chapman told the commission that they recently received the results from the hotel feasibility study, and a meeting would be held for all those interested on June 24th at 1:00 p.m. in the commission meeting room.
Boyd Cottages Director Gina Skelton then presented an oral report on the Assisted Living facility. She said that the facility currently has 28 residents, and three people have been added to the waiting list. She went on to say that after the commission recently asked if Boyd Cottages could consider doing their own payroll, she had presented it to the Board of Directors and they advised against it at this time. She also confirmed that Boyd Cottages has paid back $7,500 of the money owed to the county thus far.
School Superintendent Marlon Davis told the commission that he had nothing new to report.
Highway Superintendent Chuck Moser reported that the chip and seal team should get started soon, at this time they are waiting on Wayne County Rock to crush some #7 stone to be used. He also reported that the bridge on Weatherford Creek should be ready in approximately four weeks, and the bridge on Indian Creek would be ready for travel in two weeks.
Solid Waste Director Robert Hayes addressed the commission next. After a brief discussion regarding the rates for tire disposal, Commissioner McDonald made a motion to set the rate at 4 cents per pound for tire disposal at the facility, with the rate remaining the same if the tire is attached to a rim. Commissioner Kelley seconded the motion, and it was unanimously approved.
Next, Rena Purdy presented a ThreeStar Community Snapshot to the commission, detailing the overall demographics and economic status of Wayne County. She explained that Wayne County has been moved up from a status of economically “distressed” to “at-risk,” but it would be better if the county were still considered “distressed” so more funds and grants could be made available.
At this time, Commissioner McDonald made a motion to recess the meeting and reconvene on Thursday, June 27th at 7:00 p.m. Commissioner Powers seconded the motion, and the meeting was recessed.