Hawkins County commissioners found themselves in the position Monday of being asked to either paying $1,500 per month to help keep some defendants out of jail, or face paying 10 times that amount to keep those same inmates in jail.
“A 2 percent COLA (cost of living adjustment) over three years is going to be essentially equivalent to what this implementation of the pay scale is over that same period of time, and its in much more calculated fashion.” — Budget Committee chairman John Metz
Commissioner Danny Alvis said he spent time at the Carters Valley convenience center Wednesday morning and spoke to 15 people who were dumping their trash. Only one of those 15 said they didn’t have a problem with the new hoppers, Alvis said.
Hawkins County is under a federal mandate to make all county facilities Americans with Disabilities Act complaint by 2023. It’s an expensive process, and projects are being completed individually as funding becomes available.
“I don’t see where we’ve got a choice. We’ve got to do this to put it out for bid. I hate to spend this much money, but sometimes you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do.” — Commissioner Keith Gibson
Former constable Ryan Christian was chosen by the Hawkins County Commission last week to return to that position, despite the attempts of a second nominee to quash rumors of criminal record.
On Tuesday Lee made his case before the county commission's Personnel Committee, asking for the creation of a new position to be cross-trained to be able to perform a wide range of duties in his office.
It's been six years since the Hawkins County Commission approved a 12-cent property tax increase for the county school system, but in recent years those funds have gradually been shifted away from the schools toward the county general fund.
Over the next couple of months, the Hawkins County Commission will be asked to make some serious decisions affecting county finances for many years.
In December HCSO Chief Deputy Tony Allen told Hawkins County commissioners a proposed Bradley Creek Road speed limit increase would be unsafe, and that Sheriff Ronnie Lawson had recommended against it.
“There are around 700 jobs at any given point, so it's very concerning. I don't think there's anything imminent about Barrette shutting down, and we don't want it to get to that point." — Rep. Gary Hicks
Clinch Valley VFD firefighter Roger Lamb addressed the county commission's Budget Committee Monday afternoon about his department's request for $5,000 to match a grant that would replace 10 sets of expired turnout gear.
The first alternative would be for Hawkins County to take over HCEMS and turn it into a county agency. That's the same final recommendation the Exploratory Committee made in 2016.
The charges stem from an incident that occurred in August in which District 1 Constable William Creasy conducted a traffic stop with blue lights on a man who resides in his neighborhood. But he didn't officially take office until Sept. 1.
Most of that debt stems from the 2009 Phase 3 county schools building construction and renovation project although it also encompasses debt for school buses; road and/or bridge construction; the Justice Center and Courthouse renovations; and equipment for the solid waste department.