Bradley County commissioners faced an almost nonexistent agenda during their election eve meeting Monday night.
The only official business on which the Commission voted was the approval of the consent agenda, which contained routine budget transfers and requests for disposal of old or nonrepairable assets.
“For all those of us going through the process tomorrow, I want to wish everyone good luck,” said County Mayor D. Gary Davis at the beginning of the session.
First District Commissioner Ed Elkins mentioned the U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision on Monday upholding the constitutionality of having prayers at public meetings.
“I think we’ve been very fortunate in Bradley County to have prayer the way this country was founded, so I’m happy to know now that probably we would not get a court case,” Elkins said.
Second District Commissioner Connie Wilson and 3rd District Commissioner Jeff Morelock both answered with a vocal “Amen.”
Morelock announced Tony Dietz of Greenstream Recycling said the election signs now out on the many roads and poles in the county could be recycled.
“They can be kept out of the landfill and reused,” Morelock said. “I think it’s a great thing for the community to not put these in the landfill, and [instead] reuse them.”
He got a laugh when he suggested some “may want to save them for next time.”
Fifth District Commissioner Jeff Yarber lauded the candidates running for re-election or looking for a first-time chance at holding office.
“To all the Commission candidates running for re-election tomorrow, good luck. And to those individuals who are seeking Commission seats who aren’t currently commissioners, I salute you, take my hat off to you and applaud you. At least you are putting your money where your mouth is and not just being armchair quarterbacks by offering your service. I applaud that.”
Seventh District Commissioner Mark Hall praised the Sunday dedication of the SPCA Animal Adoption Center.
“We had a great crowd. There was enthusiasm,” Hall said. “It’s renewed my enthusiasm. I’m anticipating good things happening there.”
Hall also got a chuckle when he announced his wife was in the process of adopting a dog.
Commission Chairman Louie Alford said during his visit he noted the staff and volunteers “had done a really good job.”
First District Commissioner Terry Caywood told of a young man who is with Life Bridges for whom the SPCA made a dream come true.
“One of our individuals really wanted to work for the SPCA,” Caywood said. “I took him up two weeks ago. He was there on Sunday and was so overjoyed to get to do that. So, they’re providing more than one service.”
Heath Green, a local parent who coaches a Little League softball team, addressed the Commission about some concerns with the Parks and Recreation program and the availability of ballfields and other issues.
Commissioners assured Green they would be responsive to his concerns and said he should meet with Davis to have a conversation on the matter.