By Dewain E. Peek,
Overton County 4-H participants who competed in the 4-H Western National Roundup in Denver, CO, were recognized during the Monday, Feb. 10 regular monthly Overton County Commission meeting.
The recognition proclamation notes that the group participated in the Western National Roundup and under the guidance of Coach Nicole Marrero and Assistant Coach Angie Boone, team members Sarah Waites, Richmond Boone, Mahalah Boone, and Michaela Bianco were national champions, placing 1st, in the Family Consumer Science Skill-A-Thon, and placed 2nd in Life Skills Assessment. Also, receiving individual rosettes were Mahalah Boone – 2nd place, Michaela Bianco – 4th place, and Richmond Boone – 5th place. Mahalah Boone placed 3rd in 4-H Impromptu Speech Contest where youth had 3 minutes to prepare and had to give a 3 to 5 minute speech.
Mahalah told the County Commission, “I got to choose three topics, and the one I chose was ‘What is a short-term goal that you want to accomplish?’ And 4-H is all about setting goals and achieving them, so that was a perfect topic for me to talk about. And my goal was to meet someone from every state there, and there were over 30 states there.”
Among new business, was Resolution #2020-0204-01 to approve the Second Amendment Protection Act.
County Executive Ben Danner said, “A lot of counties are passing this. That just says that Overton County would like to protect the Second Amendment and the people of Overton County’s right to bear arms, and if the federal or state government came and said they were going to take those arms, Overton County would fight against that.”
Commissioner Randall Boswell made the motion to adopt the resolution, and Commissioner Darwin Clark seconded. On the vote Commissioners Billie G. Phipps, Jesse Bowman, Clark, Gail McCowan, Shane Walker, Robbie Melton, Jeff Long, Jean Moore, Gregg Nivens, Geraldine Walker, Boswell, Lee Richards, Philip Talley, and Donna Savage all voted yes. Commissioner Frank Martin was absent.
Resolution #2020-0204-02 was adopted to approve Overton County Assessor of Property’s 5-Year Reappraisal Plan.
Fitzgerald Peterbilt Truck Company’s bid of $152,000 for a tandem roll-off truck was approved for the Solid Waste Department.
Executive Danner clarified, “That is a brand new truck. That’s not one of the glider kits. That’s a brand new 2020 Peterbilt.”
A School Budget amendment – Federal Projects 142, Amendment #1 – was approved.
General Fund 101, Amendment #2 and Solid Waste 116, Amendment #1 were approved.
County General Quarterly Financial Reports ending 12-31-2019 were approved.
Overton County Ambulance Service was approved to transfer a 2015 Ford F350 ambulance to Overton County Highway Department.
The following items were declared surplus for disposal or selling: old equipment from the Courthouse Annex basement; light fixtures from the Joe L. Evins building; a desk from the Election Office; and transfer of a rolling chalkboard to the Drug Recovery Court.
The following were approved as notaries at-large: Pam Sanford, Ashley Colson, Franscine Presley, Amanda Dunn, Shantelle Coleman, Brandon Reagan, Edna Winningham, Rebecca Clayton, and Trent Nivens.
Minutes of the January 13, 2020 County Commission meeting were approved.
Before the meeting adjourned, Executive Danner announced that the next County Commission meeting will be held at 5 p.m. Monday, March 9 at Overton County Courthouse.