July 23, 2014 - 18:09
Tax rate, budget approved
Related Articles
Views: 936
Print E-mail
Chairman and Vice-chair of the board were also elected and a long-empty vacancy on the Planning Commission was filled.

Polk County’s Board of Commissioners approved the budget and tax rate at last Thursday’s regular monthly meeting. Chairman and Vice-chair of the board were also elected and a long-empty vacancy on the Planning Commission was filled. Isaac Bramblett will serve as chair for the next year; Wendall Lewis will serve as vice-chair. Library Board appointments were also made and a road variance was denied.

The nomination for Bramblett came from Greg Brooks. James Woody asked if it was customary to offer the position to the current vice-chair. Sheena Gaddis, who held the position, said she was not interested in it anyway because of a busy work schedule. Bramblett and Lewis were both elected unanimously, with each abstaining from voting for themselves. Daren Waters was absent.

A vacation pay request from Dwight Ingle, a sheriff’s deputy on workman’s comp after and injury was approved. John Pippenger said the board could not approve any budget amendments until the state accepted their budget, which was passed at the meeting. The tax rate was set to stay the same, $2.18. Commissioners voted to allow Ingle’s request for 18 vacations days to be approved if turned in on the regular payroll sheet as opposed to doing a budget amendment to cover it.

A variance request presented by Attorney Steve Crump on behalf of Richard and Evelyn Fuller was denied. Crump said they lived on a gravel road off Grassy Creek Road that did not meet current road specifications, but wanted a the county to accept the road as it was in order for them to sell part of the

Mark Bishop, Planning Board member, asked the board to deny the request and pointed out the Fullers had enough land to make the road wider to meet the regulations. He said it would destroy the regulations entirely if people could just go over the planning board to the county commission.

Register of Deeds Kandi Bramlett told commissioners the property to be located within the Copperhill City limits and not in their jurisdiction. Commissioners rejected the request.

Ivy Deal was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Planning Board. Commissioner Woody asked if the appointment came from Hoyt Firestone, nothing there was nothing on the form to indicate as such. Bramlett said he asked her to fill it out due to being out for surgery. Bishop said Firestone had told him his intent to nominate Deal to the board. Budget Director Kelly Morgan said she recalled him saying it as well.

Commissioner Randy Collins said the application had also not been completely filled out. Deal said since she was sitting there, she could fill it out the rest of the way. County Clerk placed a phone call to Firestone to ensure the request was coming from him. Bramblett asked Deal if she was interested in being on the board. Deal, who works in the Register of Deeds office, said she had asked Hoyt and others about getting the appointment. Gaddis and Woody voted against the appointment.

Jean Bramlett and Nicholas Lewis were appointed to the local Library Board. Jenny Rogers and Viva Deverell were appointed to the Regional Library Board.

Board members agreed to suspend the rules and vote on three items not included on the agenda. Bonds for Property Assessor Randy Yates and Road Superintendent Roy Thomason, Jr. were approved.

Fire Chief Steve Lofty was given approval for the purchase of a new truck for the Conasauga fire hall. Lofty said they’d had trouble finding a new apparatus that would fit inside the building there because of its height, but one had been found in Ohio. He said they had money already set aside for a purchase, but large purchases required approval from the board. The board approved the purchase.

At the end of the meeting, Commissioner Woody expressed his appreciation to the Buehler family and offered condolences to publisher Cheryl Buehler and the Buehler family due to the loss of long-time editor/owner Ingrid Buehler. “Ingrid was a fixture at commission meetings,” Woody said, adding “I appreciate everything she’s done for the county.”


Untitled Document
Top News
Audit committee looks over findings
Committee members are charged with doing an independent review and making recommendations to the County Commission. This was the first meeting of the committee.
New Ag Agent on the job
Growth Plan turned down again
Names protected by HIPAA
Parksville precinct closed
Head start applications being taken
Veterans honored
Attempted murder charged
Budget work begins
Local News
Ducktown School discussed
A group of former students and educators from Ducktown School met with members of the Fourth Fractional Township Saturday July 5th to get a report on what was being done with the school.
Overhill looking for artists and craft..
Ducktown school preservation eyed
Celebrate history and independence
Solar offsets Ducktown energy use
Sale raises $1000 for libraries
Benton notes...
Amendments can be viewed online
Copperhill notes...
Relay for Life Friday
School News
CMS Open House July 31
CBHS rallies around student
Students compete at Lee
CBHS team takes first
CBHS wins state, heads to nationals
Students learn to avoid jerks
Club 21 rewards acheivement
Benton Elementary Junior Beta Club rec..
Enriques on Dean’s List
Co-op experience leads to employment
90, of Charleston
Remember When ...
Remember When ...
Remember When...
Remember When ...
Remember When ...
Food for Thought
Letter to the Editor
Food for Thought
Letters to the Editor
Polk County Heritage
Rev. Jason Matlock Has No Marker
The Esso Station
Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker
Calling All Old Timers!
Polk’s Political Power Struggle
Polk’s Political Power Struggle
Williams and Walker Family -
Polk County Heritage...
I’m My Own Grandpa!
Sheep in the Meadow . . Cows in the Co..
Local Events
Bulletin Board 7-16-14
Bulletin Board - 7/2/14
Bulletin Board 6/25/14
Bulletin Board - 6/18/14
Delano Baptist VBS starts Friday
Bulletin Board - 5/14/14
Production benefits Health Care Founda..
Craft Bazaar May 3
Bulletin Board - 4/30/14
Guided Spring hike Saturday
Local Sports
Jon Tucker new Wildcats coach
Jon Tucker has been named the new head basketball coach of the Polk County Wildcats’ Basketball Team.
Hindman new head coach
Softball banquet held
Former Polk player awarded
Polk athletes playing nationally
Polk loses ‘Cat fight
Two ‘Cats named All State
Polk County High School Powder Puff Fo..
Zach Miller and Tanner Plemmons were n..
Polk splits in Battle of States
Friends & Neighbors
Williamson in two episodes
UDC meets
Education Foundation meets
Griswold graduates basic
Pittaway to attend Congress of Future ..
GAs have visitor
Whitmire retires
TN Wesleyan honors
Ocoee Region Beekeeper's Association F..
2013 Miss Christmas Belle
Nature & Environment
Swallowtail feeds
A Yellow Tiger Swallowtail feeds on a thistle bloom at Bill Triplett’s barnyard. (Photo by Jim Caldwell)
Flame on
Trips to win
Bluebells blooming
Bloodroot heralds spring
Homeplace daffodils
Spring is coming
Spring crocus
Red-bellied woodpecker
Frost flower
Recreation & Visitor Information
Ocoee getting busy
River getting busier
Olympic model removed
Battle of Athens map available
Road Construction Won’t Delay Memori..
Poker run a success
Kids Fishing Days slated
Changes made at Tumbling Creek
Rail trips start April 5
Turkey shoot
Outdoor Sporting
Hog season changes urged
Wildlife Committee members from Polk and surrounding counties met with local lawmakers, wildlife commissioners, and TWRA last Tuesday to discuss the need to revisit hog hunting regulations in Tennessee.
Greasy Creek could close on stocking day
Big bass brought by
Tellico River fishing day slated
Coon hunting to continue
Opposition voiced to coon hunt change
Wild hog regulations change
Record bear harvest in 2011
Comment deadline Feb. 24
Hunter Safety classes available
Classifieds - 7/16/14
Classifieds - 7/9/14
Classifieds - 7/2/14
Classifieds - 6/25/14
Classifieds - 6/18/14
Classifieds - 6/11/14
Classifieds - 6/4/14
Classifieds - 5/28/14
Classifieds 5-14-14
Classifieds - 4/30/14
Public Notices
Public Notices - 7/16/14
Public Notices - 7/9/14
Public Notices - 7/2/14
Public Notices - 6/25/14
Public Notices - 6/18/14
Public Notices - 6/11/14
Public Notices - 6/4/14
Public Notices - 5/28/14
Public Notices - 5/21/14
Public Notices - 5/14/14

Untitled Document

Polk County News | P.O. Box 129 | 3 Main Street | Benton TN 37307
phone: 423-338-2818 | fax: 423-338-4574 | email

web site development Lisa Affordable Web Sites