County commissioners hear updates in brief session

By AUTUMN HUGHES
Posted 1/8/19

In what may be one of its shortest meetings on record, the Bradley County Commission’s voting session Monday night lasted approximately 15 minutes.

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County commissioners hear updates in brief session

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In what may be one of its shortest meetings on record, the Bradley County Commission’s voting session Monday night lasted approximately 15 minutes.

There were few items for commissioners to vote on, but they approved minutes of the Dec. 17 voting session and the consent agenda, which consisted of a dozen applicants elected to the office of notary public. Reports from commissioners included:

• Commissioner Dennis Epperson said he has become aware of drainage and issues on Mt. Zion Road, including that E-911 calls from that area are being routed to Meigs County. In addition, Epperson announced a meeting of the Ad Hoc Committee for Drinking Water and Waste Water Treatment Services.

Commissioner Mike Hughes said he is working with the Bradley County Road Department on the road issue already.

• Commissioner Thomas Crye asked the Road Committee to add drainage concerns at 199 Quail Run Trace to its agenda, and look into it. Referring to several other drainage issues discussed by the county commission and its committees in recent months, Crye said county residents are taking note and bringing their own drainage concerns to him and other commissioners.

“We’ve opened the floodgates up – there might be more coming in,” he said.

• Commissioner Charlotte Peak asked that drainage and other concerns at Chestnut Grove subdivision be placed on next week’s work session agenda.

Commissioner Milan Blake said the Finance Committee approved a motion earlier on Monday to table any motion on that issue until hearing an opinion from the Tennessee Attorney General. Blake said the motion was based on the opinion of Bradley County Attorney Crystal Freiberg and supporting documentation from the County Technical Advisory Service.

• Commissioner Howard Thompson asked the Road Committee to add concerns at 517 Old Powerline Lane N.E. to its agenda.

Road Committee Chairman Kevin Raper said he will schedule a meeting time with Bradley County Road Superintendent Sandra Knight.

Peak commended Knight for her department’s work during the recent heavy rains.

“She had a bunch of stuff (to take care of) during the holidays,” Peak said, adding Knight has been taking care of issues all over the county. “I would tell everyone, please be patient with (the cleaning-out of your drainage) tiles.”

In communications from the audience, John Thomasson thanked the Road Department for help removing “leaning trees” at the Veterans Cemetery at Fort Hill Cemetery, following recent heavy rains. He said the Road Department sent several trucks, chainsaws, and 14 employees to cut down and remove the trees.

“The Road Department has been outstanding in giving us benefit and support,” Thomasson said.

The next meeting of the Bradley County Commission is a work session scheduled for noon on Monday, Jan. 14, at the Bradley County Courthouse.


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