The Jefferson County Public Service Committee met on September 12, 2011 at the Historic Jefferson County Courthouse.
The meeting was called to order by Committee Chairman Tucker.
The Agenda and Minutes to previous meeting were approved by consent.
Two citizens from the Strawberry Plains area addressed the Committee regarding excessive noise from a neighboring property. Both citizens stated that the noise from a dirt bike track was hindering their ability to use their property. They stated that they had come before the Committee before and requested relief from the noise intrusion. The Committee did not act on the request for a noise ordinance, citing concern that it would impact other citizens that were involved in regular daily activities such as mowing.
Citizen Steve Palmer, owner of Dexfest, addressed the Committee concerning the proposed Music Resolution that will go before the full Commission on September 19,2011.
The Committee heard from representatives from some of the area Fire Departments regarding a funding formula that would more efficiently split the County’s contribution to the Departments.
The issue of an additional tax of $25, $50, $75 or $100 that would be earmarked for the Fire Departments was discussed. Three additional substations would be added to accommodate the areas of the County that are not as highly covered. The additions would eliminate the need for establishing new Departments, which is costly for the County. Fire Department Representatives stated that with the addition of the substations Jefferson County will be adequately covered, which is important to homeowners that pay insurance premiums. A motion to move forward with a recommendation of the tax was tabled until more information could be made available regarding how the tax would be received by cities whose citizens already pay taxes for city services.
Currently Dandridge covers a total of 8,864 properties - Jefferson City 3,783- New Market 3,383- White Pine 2,354- Kansas Talbot 1,998- Chestnut Hill 1,343- Lakeway Central 1,222- Baneberry 778. The total number of properties covered in Jefferson County is 23,725. The Departments would receive the amount of tax collected in their area. A $50 fee would result in a total of $1,186,250. This amount would be split according to property coverage in each area.
The Meeting was Adjourned.