Three commissioners on the Bradley County Regional Planning Commission have resigned within the past month after being made aware of new requirements to submit financial statements to the state.
A bill passed in the 107th General Assembly added members of any local or regional planning commission to the list of public officials subject to submitting a statement of disclosure of interests to the Bureau of Ethics and Campaign Finance.
Planning commissioners are the only nonelected officials added to the requirement.
Commissioner Tom Crye resigned during the January meeting. Commission Chair Tony Young and Daryll Sneed submitted letters of resignation Tuesday. Greg Calfee did not submit his resignation, but he was not at the meeting Tuesday evening.
“He said if he wasn’t at the next meeting he probably wasn’t coming back,” building inspector Tina Bishop said. “He’s not here, so I guess he has resigned too.”
There was still a quorum Tuesday evening with Bradley County Commissioner Mel Griffith, Joanna Duncan, Mike Graves, Lisa Webb and Janie Bishop in attendance. The first order of business was to elect a new chairman; however, none of the remaining members felt comfortable in that role, for a variety of reasons.
Griffith, who is vice chair, cannot serve as chairman because of his elected position. He will conduct the meetings until a chairman is picked. Once that order of business was settled, the panel unanimously approved the single agenda item.
Michael Noe was granted permission to locate a winery at 2265 Spring Place Road. He said after the meeting he is just getting permits in order. The building was heavily damaged by the April 27, 2011, tornadoes. He still needs to repair the building before anything else is done.