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Fiscal court notebook: 7-27-11

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By The Staff

Front of courthouse to be repaired
The fiscal court voted unanimously last Tuesday to spend $8,500 to make repairs to the entrance of the Anderson County Courthouse, and selected the low bidder, Kearns and Stratton Construction, to do the work.
“It needs to be fixed, and has been an eyesore for years,” said Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway.
Conway said the repairs will be made using the courthouse fines fund.
“We’ll spend a little out of that fund, and a little more next year,” he said. “It’s an historical courthouse, and we need to keep it up.”

Peach hired for solid waste
The fiscal court accepted a recommendation from Conway and Magistrate Kenny Barnett to hire George Peach to manage the county’s solid waste department.
Peach will replace Josh Chambers, who Conway said is leaving for a better job.

Help for animal control
Keith Beasley was approved to go from part-time to full-time with the county’s animal control office.
Conway recommended increasing Beasley’s hours during a previous meeting, but magistrates declined.
Animal control director Jason Chesser attended the next court meeting and explained why he needed the additional hours, but Conway ultimately tabled the hiring before calling for a vote.
Conway said last Tuesday that he is comfortable with the decision, which was approved unanimously.

Stumph not reappointed to tourism authority
The man who chaired tourism and was at the center of controversy about how the agency was run was not reappointed to the authority during last Tuesday’s meeting.
The tourism board recommended three people for the fiscal court’s consideration, including Stumph, but Conway instead asked that Anderson County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Pam Rice and Jackson Horton of Heavens to Betsy be appointed.
They were unanimously approved.
Conway said the tourism authority needs to “go in a positive direction,” when recommending Rice and Horton.
The authority now includes a new chairperson, Magen Hoskins of the Best Western; Best Western owner Todd Hyatt; John Rhea of Four Roses; Katrina Ebert of Wild Turkey; City Attorney Robert Myles; along with Horton and Rice.

Chop it down, judge
Conway asked for and was given permission to have a dead tree removed at the county park.
Conway said the tree is dangerous and hangs over the walking track.
Magistrates gave him the green light to have two local tree removal companies bid on the job.