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Bradley County Commission meeting recap

The Bradley County Commission met yesterday for a work session.


Bradley County Mayor Gary Davis gave a report on the Septic Repair Program. The county now has 90 properties in the program at some level, 6 potential sewer hookups, 13 permits issued, and 10 contracts in place or in the works. 


Next week during the voting session of the Commission, Commissioners will be addressing several items. 


A procedural resolution will be presented that would give the state permission to name a portion of the state road in front of Bradley Central High School after former Bearette, Rhyne Howard, who currently plays for the WNBA Atlanta Dream. 


The change would not be considered a road name change and would not affect nearby businesses or their addresses.  The change would be symbolic in nature with signage bearing Howard’s name.


The Legal and Legislative committee also placed several items on next week’s agenda as well. 


First, the committee recommends the commission send a formal letter to their legislators regarding departments exceeding their budgets and asking how they would direct the county to handle overages.


Another resolution will ask legislators to reconsider the process for awarding broadband grants to internet service providers and the penalties should the provider not fulfill the full terms of the grant. 


The committee would also like to explore the use of DUI reserve fund. Under the proposal from the Committee, the first $10k for indigent monitoring and then equally split the remaining funds to misdemeanor probation and adult drug court. 


Lastly, the committee is recommending that the Commission require a fiscal note for resolutions. American Rescue Plan Funds would be exempt. The fiscal note would provide pertinent information for Commissioners prior to voting according to the committee.


Road Superintendent Tom Collins also spoke to Commissioners about $3.5 million in potential funds for the Road Department that could come to the county should the Governor’s budget pass as presented.


The Finance Committee will also put forth a resolution authorizing the termination of an interest rate swap agreement with the public building authority of Sevier County.


The next meeting of the Commission will be Tuesday, February 21st, at noon.