Commission postpones decision on closure of C&D Landfill

The Greene County Commission has spent time over several meetings trying to decide what to do about the C&D Landfill.

Although the facility is still in use, it does not bring in enough cash to justify remaining open.

During the discussion at the regular monthly meeting on September 13, 2010 Commissioner Underwood reminded everyone that the facility cost $310 per day to operate while bringing in only $120 per day.

After some more discussion, the commission agreed to put the item back on the agenda for the next meeting which will be a recessed meeting on September 23rd at 2 p.m.

Another decision made was to take Ms. Rosetta Spencer off probation as the RSVP director.

County Administrator Mattie Atkins advised the commission that the county had a cash and cash equivalency of $1,295,808.89. However she could not give them a summary of claims because they had not been left where they could be accessed. “This is not acceptable,” said Chair Bill Johnson.

Phillis Belcher made a  presentation to the board concerning converting the Industrial Development Board to the Industrial Development Authority.

The Authority will remain an 11-member board, but the elected officials on the board are not voting members. “What you do then is to appoint representatives who can vote,” said Belcher.

She also advised them that USDA will not accept GoZone or Recovery Zone bonds to help with the funding of Project Flagship at the Crossroads of America Industrial Park. However, Economic Development Bonds will still be available.

In other business, the commission:

*Approved the appointment of Ronald Edwards to the DHR Board. This appointment was made by Commissioner Donald Means.

*Postponed three appointments to the Greene County Hospital Board  until the September 23 meeting.

*Heard a request from interim Sheriff George Cook regarding some equipment he wished to purchase and a contract he wished to enter into with Maude Whatley Health Care for inmate treatment when necessary.

Chairman Johnson expressed his displeasure that Cook would bring in proposals of this magnitude without giving the commission time to study them beforehand. “In January, we will have a sheriff who will be our sheriff for four years. He can make the decisions,” said Johnson.

It was finally decided to have Atkins, Cook and the county’s attorney Prince Chestnut get together to see if the money is available and then bring the proposal back at the recessed meeting.

*Made several bid awards on material used by the Highway Department and voted to rebid Metal Pipe and Teated Bridge Lumber.

*Reconsidered an insurance proposal that had previously passed. Commissioner Underwood said that he had been approached by employees to reconsider the position he took on the insurance.

The commission rescinded the position taken on the co-pay insurance on August 9th and opted to go with the Health Blue Plan.

*Transferred funds in several areas in order to come up with the matching funds needed for road improvement.

*Announced a budget hearing on September 21 at 2 p.m. and recessed the present meeting until September 23rd at 2 p.m.

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