Commission adds reserve judicial commissioners

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County Executive Ben Danner speaks to the County Commission Monday evening.

By Dewain E. Peek,

OCN Editor

Overton County Commission held the regular monthly meeting Monday, April 12, with Jean Moore absent.

Two reserve judicial commissioners were added for the writing of warrants and orders of protection. Resolution #2021-0412-01 was adopted to appoint the additional reserve judicial commissioners by amendment.

Tiffany Deming will be added along with Chris Barlow, who is the judicial commissioner for the Family Justice Center.

“His will be volunteer,” County Executive Ben Danner said, “and then Deming’s will be at the rate that the other judicial commissioners get.”

Resolution #2021-0412-02 was adopted to oppose proposed state legislation to modify health care facilities certificate of need requirements and to oppose allowing the health services and development agency to expire.

“What that is, is telling the Legislature that we oppose doing away with the certificate of need for the hospital, which it will hurt our hospital,” Executive Danner said. “It’ll hurt all small hospitals.”

Resolution #2021-0412-03 was adopted to authorize the issuance of general obligation bonds by Overton County in a par amount not to exceed $203,000 to finance the purchase of ambulances and related costs.

The County Commission adopted Loan Resolution #2021-0412-04 USDA Form 1942-47 $203,000 and grant acceptance in the amount of $105,000 for ambulances and related costs.

General Purpose School Fund 141 Amendment #2 and Federal Projects Fund 142 Amendment #2 were approved.

The following budget amendments were approved: General Fund 101 Amendment #5; Solid Waste Fund 116 Amendment #2; and Drug Fund 122 Amendment #2.

Mental Health Transport Grant for up to $30,000 was approved for the Sheriff’s Department. The grant is for transporting inmates to different locations.

A list dated 03-08-2021 of surplus items and a surplus Sharp calculator from the old Courthouse Annex were approved to be designated for disposal.

“That’s everything in the annex building that’s left,” Executive Danner said.

He said this surplus property will be offered to the volunteer fire departments and community centers.

“Whatever’s left that they don’t want to use, when we sell the building, we’ll auction it with the building, selling it separately that day,” Executive Danner said.

The 2020 Solid Waste Annual Progress Report was approved.

The following were approved as notaries at-large: Wanda Krantz, Shaney P. Kennedy, Jesse Bowman, Alysa Johnson, Amanda Mainord, and Myra West. Commissioner Jesse Bowman passed on the vote because he was among those being approved as notaries.

Minutes of the March 8, 2021 County Commission meeting were approved.

Receipt of Report on Debt Obligation Form CT-0253 for $700,000 for roads and bridges was acknowledged.

Executive Danner said this has to do with the bridge project on Rickman Road/Old Highway 42.

Commissioner Darwin Clark, who is employed at Overton County Highway Department, said the bridge is expected to be completed toward the end of May, if not sooner.

Before the meeting adjourned, Executive Danner said the next County Commission meeting will be held Monday, May 10.