Jefferson County Commission held their Regular Quarterly Session
on Monday, July 30, 2012 at the Historic Jefferson County
Courthouse in Dandridge. The Meeting was Called to Order
by Commission Chairman Mills. Absent from Roll Call were
Commissioners Kesterson and Tucker. One Citizen requested
to address the Commission regarding public funding for the
Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce and requested that the
Commission receive a detailed accounting of expenditures.
The Commission received recommendation from the Nominating
Committee for the open Commission seats in District 7 and
District 3. The Nominating Committee recommended Jack Akard, who
was sponsored by Commissioner Bob Beeler, for the open seat in
District 7. Other nominations were Vickie Sawtelle, sponsored by
Commissioner John Neal Scarlett and Ginger Holbert Huskey,
sponsored by Commissioner Terry Dockery. Commissioner Scarlett
requested to address Akard before the vote was taken.
Commissioner Scarlett stated that he and Akard had previously
conversed when Akard had visited his home seeking his
endorsement for the District 7 seat and that rumors and
misinformation about that conversation needed to be clarified.
Akard agreed that he and Commissioner Scarlett had a civil
conversation regarding his bid for the Commission seat but
denied that he was recruited by Bob Beeler. Commissioner Turner
addressed Sawtelle regarding her ability to remain open minded
about issues facing the Commission. Sawtelle stated that, as a
successful business owner, she has proven herself capable of
making logical and well informed decisions. Akard was seated on
the Commission with 10 votes. District 3 Nomination Committee
recommendation was for Rita Musick, the wife of late
Commissioner Tommy Musick. A nomination came from the floor
(Commissioner Scarlett) for former Commissioner Nina Snodgrass.
Musick took the seat with 10 votes. Both Akard and Musick were
sworn in by Jefferson County Court Clerk Rick Farrar and
immediately took their seat as voting members of the Commission.
Jefferson County Mayor Palmieri requested that the Commission
reconsider the decision to exclude E 911 employees from the
Jefferson County employee raise that is included in the current
budget proposal. He brought a request before the Commission to
consider not continuing to contract with ETED and instead
contracting with David Williams, who had previously acted as
planner for Jefferson County. The Mayor stated that Williams
would accept a contract with the County at around half the cost
($6,000) of the current contract with ETED. Tim Seals, Director
of the Jefferson County Zoning Department, stated that this is
an option that would save tax payer money. Upon a Motion from
Commissioner Turner and 2nd by Commissioner Baxley the
Commission Approved contracting with David Williams for
services. Mayor Palmieri brought Resolution 2012-27, which is a
hazard mitigation plan. The Motion to Approve the Resolution was
made by Estes and 2nd by Scarlett and was Approved by the
Director of Jefferson County Finance requested that a mower from
the Sheriff’s Department be declared surplus. Estes made the
motion to declare surplus and was 2nd by Scarlett-Approved.
Director of Schools Edmonds addressed the Commission to provide
an update on the school calendar and school building projects.
He stated that some water damage to the floor at the new
elementary school is being corrected and should be finished
shortly after the start of school. The flooding issue was the
responsibility of the contractor and the cost of repair is the
contractor responsibility. Director of Capitol Projects for the
schools, Michael Phagan, stated that another fire hydrant is
being added at the new school location. Director Edmonds stated
that the Freshman Academy is underway and progressing and that
the renovation to Jefferson County High School is still in the
beginning phases. The Department of Education will be meeting
with the Town of Dandridge concerning the intersection of Hwy 92
and Dumplin Valley. The State has grant money for the signal
light but there is significant cost associated with road
improvements necessary before the light can be installed.
Commissioner Blevins made a motion to include the E 911
employees for County employee’s raises that are included in the
budget proposal. The amount of funding needed to be around
$10,700 and to come from County General Fund Balance. 2nd
Scarlett and Passed 11-7-1 with Mills, Baxley, Solomon, Akard,
Estes, Beeler and Tabor voting No and Musick abstaining.
Commissioner Solomon made a Motion to include part time County
employees in the County employee raise proposal. The Motion died
for lack of a 2nd.
Finance Committee Chairman Griffith stated that the Committee is
in the process of working on a financial advisor contract and
would soon be looking at an evaluation process for the Director
Budget Committee Chairman Scarlett brought a recommendation to
adopt Resolution 2012-28, which is a Capitol Request Policy,
Guidelines and Requirements. The Resolution Passed Unanimously.
Budget Committee Chairman Scarlett brought a recommendation from
the Budget Committee for Resolution 2012-29, A Resolution making
Appropriations for Various Funds, Institutions, Offices and
Agencies of Jefferson County, Tennessee for the fiscal year
beginning July 1, 2012 and ending June 30, 2013. The resolution,
including the amendment for E 911 raises, was presented for
adoption and Passed 11-5-3 with Solomon, Barreiro, Scarlett,
Dockery and Carmichael Voting No and Maples, Musick and Akard
By Budget Committee Recommendation, Resolution 2012-30, A
Resolution Fixing the tax levy in Jefferson County, Tennessee
for the fiscal year beginning on July 1, 2012 was presented. The
Resolution Passed Unanimously.
By Budget Committee Recommendation, Resolution 2012-31, A
Resolution to make appropriations to charitable non profit and
service non profit organizations of Jefferson County, Tennessee
for the fiscal year beginning on July 1, 2012 and ending on June
30, 2013 was presented.
Two amendments were offered for Fire Department funding.
Commissioner Dockery made an Amendment to move funding for
Parrots Chapel Fire Department to full funding level of $55,000.
2nd Scarlett-Failed with Dockery, Blevins, Scarlett, Turner and
Carmichael voting Yes.
Commissioner Turner offered an Amendment for full funding for
the Jefferson City Fire Department at the $55,000 level. 2nd
Dockery-Failed with Turner and Dockery voting Yes. Solomon
The Original Resolution 2012-31 Passed 16-1-2 with Barreiro
Under New Business, the Commission Approved, upon a Motion from
Solomon and 2nd from Baxley, Resolution 2012-25 which is a
rezoning request form A-1 to C-2 (owner Mary Elizabeth Jaynes
Henry c/o Michael T. Henry).
Commissioner Beeler made a Motion to instruct County attorneys
to set a meeting, pending the County appointments to the
Jefferson Memorial Board, with Jefferson City Council regarding
the Jefferson Memorial Foundation. 2nd Turner-Passed. The
Meeting was Adjourned.