Interviews for Fifth District commission seat set Monday

By AUTUMN HUGHES
Posted 10/20/19

Interviews will be held Monday for Fifth District residents interested in filling the vacant seat on the Bradley County Commission.

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Interviews for Fifth District commission seat set Monday

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Interviews will be held Monday for Fifth District residents interested in filling the vacant seat on the Bradley County Commission.

Chairman Johnny Mull mentioned last week that interviews will take place as part of Monday’s voting session.

Longtime Vice Chairman Jeff Yarber passed away unexpectedly in August, leaving a vacancy on the County Commission.

According to Tennessee Code Annotated 5-1-104, vacancies in a county office must be filled as follows:

“Vacancies in county offices required by the Constitution of Tennessee or by any statutory provision to be filled by the people shall be filled by the county legislative body, and any person so appointed shall serve until a successor is elected at the next general election, as defined in § 2-1-104, in the county and is qualified. The county legislative body shall be required to make an appointment to fill a vacancy within one hundred twenty (120) days of receiving notice of the vacancy unless during that time period there is a general election scheduled in the county and there is sufficient time for the vacancy to be placed on the ballot in accordance with this section. Any appointment to fill a vacancy by the county legislative body shall be made in accordance with chapter 5, part 1 of this title.”

This procedure “is consistent with Bradley County Commission Rule of Procedure 18 regarding vacancies…” That rule states:

“Vacancies in county offices are to be filled by the county legislative body, and any person so appointed serves until a successor is elected at the next election after the vacancy. The Tennessee Supreme Court has determined that the term ‘next election’ means the next general election or other countywide election in the county. McPherson v. Everett, 594 S.W.2d 677 (Tenn. 1980).”

The next general election in Bradley County will be held Aug. 6, 2020. The deadline for declaring candidacy for the Aug. 6 election is April 2, 2020, at noon.

In other business, the commissioners:

• Heard from County Mayor D. Gary Davis, who presented a resolution related to a bid for HVAC work at the Bradley County Juvenile Center. Davis said the resolution is to authorize the contract for installation.

The resolution authorizes Davis to negotiate and enter into an agreement with Matthew Cain Decker d/b/a Decker Heating and Air to provide removal and replacement services of two HVAC units at the Bradley County Court/Juvenile Detention Center for $24,750. The contract is for removal and replacement of one 15-ton gas HVAC unit and one 10-ton gas HVAC unit on the roof of the Juvenile Center.

The resolution was placed on Monday's agenda.

Commissioner Milan Blake asked where the contract cost will be paid from. Juvenile Director Vickie Towne said the funds were budgeted in the 2018-19 budget.

"It's an old PO (purchase order) from last year's budget," Davis said.

• Heard from Commissioner Louie Alford his concerns about Tasso Lane behind the Cleveland Regional Jetport becoming a "dragstrip." He said he hopes city police will begin patrolling it at night.

Commissioner Thomas Crye agreed, noting on Friday and Saturday nights, from 8 to 11 p.m., "is when the show begins."

• Heard from Commissioner Mike Hughes a recent town hall meeting in McDonald went well.

• Heard from Crye, who placed the rezoning request on next week's voting session agenda.

Commissioners will consider a resolution to rezone from General Commercial (C2) and Forestry/Agricultural/Residential (FAR) district to Highway Commercial (C3) district properties located at 5986 and 5974 South Lee Highway. The request is by Howard Karst, and it was given unanimous approval by the Bradley County Regional Planning Commission during its Sept. 19 meeting.

The Bradley County Commission’s next meeting is a voting session at noon on Monday, Oct. 21, in the County Commission Courtroom at the Courthouse.

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