‘New’ Commission meets tonight
by BRIAN GRAVES Banner Staff Writer
Sep 02, 2014 | 647 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print

The Bradley County Commission, with seven new members, will meet officially for the first time as a group tonight at 7 in the Commission meeting room, but old issues will dominate the agenda.

Once again, the contract with the SPCA of Bradley County to operate the county animal shelter will come before the Commission with two specific items on the agenda.

A motion to issue a “notice to cure” will be offered by Commissioner Jeff Yarber.

Yarber has said there have been public admissions by SPCA officials that the contract they hold with the county has been breached, and has asked such a notice be served on the organization.

That notice is designed to inform the contracted persons and/or agency as to the reasons there is a belief the contract has been breached, and give an appropriate time frame for such problems to be resolved.

SPCA President Betti Gravelle told the Commission last week those problems have been resolved, and the shelter “is now in compliance with the contract with Bradley County.”

Gravelle said the shelter, under the leadership of new director of operations Jordan Williams, was “servicing the residents of Bradley County at unprecedented levels.”

Williams presented figures showing within the period of one week, animal intakes had doubled and adoptions had tripled.

Commissioner Mark Hall, who also serves on the SPCA board of directors, will take matters a step further with a motion to terminate the contract altogether.

During the same meeting Gravelle addressed, Hall was critical of the way former shelter director Bobbi Anderson was removed from her position, and called the SPCA “inefficient, ineffective and dysfunctional.”

Hall also said there is a need for the county’s accountants “to look at the books and make sure that every penny that belongs to the taxpayers is accounted for.”

Commissioners will also consider a resolution to authorize the building inspection office to officially publish in the newspaper the county’s intent to adopt the 2009 International Building Codes by Reference.

The commissioners will begin the meeting by electing its chairman and vice chairman and verify appointments to the various committees of the governing body.

Already, three committees have scheduled meetings for this week.

The law enforcement and building and grounds committees will meet together at the Bradley County Justice Center with Sheriff Eric Watson at 2 p.m. today.

The finance committee, which will be comprised of a totally new slate of members, will meet at noon Wednesday at the office of the county mayor.