Polk County waits to fill board seat till Nov. election
by DAVID DAVIS, Managing Editor
Aug 20, 2010 | 1360 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Polk County commissioners agreed not to appoint a replacement to the school board and wait instead for the November election.

Tracy McAbee, who was a member of the school board, was hired as principal of Benton Elementary School as of July 1.

Commissioner Mark Bishop made the motion to drop the issue and let it proceed to the November ballot. The motion was approved by a vote of 6-1. Commissioner Mark Brooks voted against the motion. Commissioner Daren Waters passed.

Commissioners also approved:

n Applying for unclaimed funds forwarded to the state. Bishop said if the money is unclaimed for a period of time, amounts of more than $100 can be returned to the county under the Unclaimed Property Act.

n A $30 hazardous material fee to recover the cost from inmates for disposing of clothing contaminated my a meth lab operation.

Polk County Sheriff Bill Davis said disposal of contaminated clothing costs about $150 a month. He said the added fee would be a way to help recoup some of the cost.

n Approved $25,000 to enter into the GIS program with the state of Tennessee. Assessor of Property Randy Yates said the program would benefit the planning commission and every department of county government.

n Approved a litter grant as part of the stop litter campaign. Gov. Phil Bredesen and TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely awarded $3.862 million in litter grant funds to all 95 counties in Tennessee.

Polk County’s share is $29,237 and Bradley County will receive $46,708. Distributions are determined by county road miles and county population. Funds must be used for litter pick-up activities and litter prevention education. Education funding can be used in a variety of ways, such as sharing litter control awareness with schools, citizens and businesses.

Through the litter pick-up program, approximately 25.5 million pounds of roadside litter were picked up on approximately 292,000 miles of county roads, and approximately 45,000 miles of state routes. Of the trash collected by volunteers, approximately 7.4 million pounds is recycled.

- Approved an expenditure not to exceed $650 to repair the air-conditioning unit at the Greasy Creek Community Center.

- Approved $15,000 for a patrol vehicle on the condition the sheriff’s office receives a $10,000 grant.

- Tabled a discussion of awarding vacation and sick days to part-time employees.

The commission will meet in special session Thursday in the Copper Basin Recreation Center in Ducktown for the purpose of passing the 2010-11 budget.