Commission to look at appointing Howell to representative seat
by BRIAN GRAVES Banner Staff Writer
Aug 17, 2014 | 725 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print

The Bradley County Commission will be reaching out to Nashville in a couple of ways when it meets for a voting session Monday at noon in the commission meeting room.

A new state representative and a request for additional state funds are on the agenda.

The agenda includes a formal resolution that would appoint presumptive 22nd District Rep.-elect Dan Howell to the seat effective with current state Rep. Eric Watson’s resignation on Aug. 31.

Howell won the Republican nomination to the office Aug. 7 and faces no opposition on the November ballot.

The state constitution gives the County Commission the authority to make the appointment “when a seat of any member of the state House of Senate becomes vacant and less than 12 months remain prior to the next general election for legislators, a successor is elected by the legislative body of the replaced legislator’s county of residence at the time of his election.”

The Commission will also give consideration to a resolution presented by Commissioner Ed Elkins which requests the local state legislative delegation and Gov. Bill Haslam “collaborate to provide an additional $4,000 of state funding to support the Septic Permit office in Bradley County.”

That $4,000 figure is what the county is currently paying to a county employee to assist with that office in an effort to increase the office’s efficiency.

Elkins proposed the resolution after learning the fee revenue generated by the office exceeds the expenses of the office.

Appointments to the Fire Board and consideration of the adoption of the 2009 International Building Codes are also included on Monday’s agenda.