Commission approves 90-day plan to help TDEC engineer
by BRIAN GRAVES Banner Staff Writer
Aug 05, 2014 | 892 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Bradley County Commission quickly dispatched a variety of items during its session Monday night before discussion of the SPCA county animal shelter began.

The Commission gave its formal approval to a 90-day plan, currently in motion, to have the planning department secretary assist the TDEC engineer with paperwork for septic tank applications and inspections.

The plan was developed by the ad hoc committee on the subject.

County Mayor D. Gary Davis said the arrangement “seems to be helping.”

Commissioner Ed Elkins reiterated his previous stand that the county should get an official refusal to pay for the county employee’s added work.

“I am still opposed to the county providing the funding for something that should be provided by the state — especially without some formal request to the state, then us getting a formal reply from the state,” Elkins said.

Commissioner Jeff Yarber said the county employee should be paid with a reduction in the salary of the state director of the program.

Commissioner Bill Winters said his talks with the state as a member of the ad hoc committee showed the state officials sympathized with the situation, “but they just don’t have the resources to do that.”

The motion passed 10-1, with Elkins opposed.

The Commission also approved a request to the Chattanooga Electric Power Board to provide broadband services to Bradley County residents who “presently have no broadband service.”

Davis explained this was simply to provide the EPB with documentation its services are wanted outside its service boundaries as the power entity petitions the FCC for that privilege.

A proclamation honoring Constable Jessie Hughes was adopted recognizing him as the longest-serving constable in Bradley County history.

The proclamation declared Aug. 4 as “Jessie Hughes Jr. Day” in Bradley County.

Hughes was not able to attend the Monday meeting, but a formal presentation is tentatively scheduled for the Commission’s work session next Monday.