recommended that the Workhouse be under the Sheriff. Under state law a Workhouse Commission is necessary unless the County Mayor recommends that the Sheriff oversee the Workhouse, thus eliminating the need for a Workhouse Commission.
Commissioner Tucker made a motion to move budget line items for the Justice Center physical facilities maintenance and to draft a resolution to resend the Workhouse Commission, to be brought back next month. The motion was 2nd by Patterson.
Scarlett made a motion to suspend the rules and was 2nd by Tucker. Both motions passed unanimously.
Sheriff McCoig responded to questions regarding Dexfest ( an outdoor concert event ). He informed the Commission that a command center had been established across the street from the event - in conjunction with the Highway Patrol as well as other agencies. 55 arrests, mostly drug or alcohol related, were made and two underage buys were made at the event. The Beer Board will address the issue in July. Commissioner Turner requested that the Commission be advised of the cost to the county .
Budget Committee Chairman Scarlett informed the Commission that the Jefferson County School Board will need to meet and restructure the school budget and the County Budget Committee is in a holding pattern until the school board meets again. The Budget Committee will meet on June 28 and the full Commission will meet on June 30.
Mayor Palmieri addressed the Commission about the proposed E-911 combination center that will house E-911,EMA,EMS & Ambulance Building. He informed the Commission that the current building housing E-911 has been sold. Budget Committee Chairman Scarlett informed the Commission that the committee had approved the facility and is waiting until the end of the budget process to identify funding. Commissioner Tucker made a motion to have the Mayor speak to the current owner of the building housing E-911 about staying until the new facility is built. Motion was
2nd by Cureton and passed unanimously. Questions arose about the possibility of splitting the project. Commissioners Musick and Patterson, who have toured all the facilities involved, both stated that the current arraignment does not provide acceptable space to operate efficiently. Commissioner Carmichael stated the situation is already tight and prolonging the process will cost the taxpayers more in next few years. St.Mary’s had offered to gift the building site to the county and in a motion by Commissioner Solomon and 2nd by Kesterson the Commission voted to accept the land and authorize the Mayor to move forward with the land process. ( No-Turner, Estes and Scarlet )
Commissioner Dockery made a motion to approach St Mary’s about the possibility of purchasing an additional 2 acres for a total of $39,370, which would come from the funding already requested. 2nd by Tucker and then amended by consent to remove the price of the property and request that it is adjacent to the original 2 acre.
Commissioner Turner made a high privilege motion to postpone and was 2nd by Tabor-motion failed.
The original motion by Dockery passed.
The Commission discussed a building in Strawberry Plains that has been offered for a Library The building is in disrepair and will take funds to bring it up to par. Annette Loy
from the Library Board addressed the issue and stated that grant money could be available. Commissioner
Barreiro made a motion to refer the offer to the Library Board. Solomon 2nd and the motion passed.
The Strawberry Plains Senior Center was recently destroyed by flood and they requested assistance from the county. Commissioner Blevins made a motion to have the Mayor’s office to investigate possible building sites or buildings and refer the information to the budget committee. The motion passed
Commissioner Solomon made a motion to accept the recommendation from the Elder Tax Relief Committee and do a state match rather than a tax freeze. Cureton 2nd. Commissioner Tucker made a motion to match at 125% but to address issue each year in budget committee. 2nd Musick, the motion failed. The original motion by Solomon passed.
The Industrial Development Board Chairman Daryl Brady addressed the Commission regarding possible sites for a proposed Industrial Park. Brady stated that heavy opposition from residents is a deterrent in attracting industry and
only the Jefferson City locations are unopposed. Per a motion by Solomon the IDB will rank the location choices and return the information to the Commission. 2nd Turner and passed.
In other New Business the Commission voted to postpone indefinitely a county web site. The motion was made by Turner and 2nd by Solomon. The Commission adopted a resolution to allow the Jefferson County Government to continue to function beyond July 1, 2011, should another Budget not yet be adopted. Commissioner Estes presented a motion to propose a settlement in
a case that the Commission is currently involved in. The motion passed. Kesterson made the motion to have Budget Committee terms be 2 years. 2nd Tucker and passed.
The meeting was Adjourned.