Anderson named 5th District constable
by JOYANNA WEBER, Banner Staff Writer
Mar 19, 2013 | 1061 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The position left vacant by the death of Bradley County 5th District Constable Ira Cox was filled Monday with the Bradley County Commission appointment of Steve Anderson.

“We had several very qualified candidates,” 5th District Commissioner Jeff Yarber said.

Yarber said this made choosing the best candidate difficult. The decision had been delayed from the originally scheduled vote to give the 5th District commissioners more time.

Anderson served in the U.S. Marines Corps from 1993 to 2002. He is a graduate of Bradley Central High School and Cleveland State Community College. Each commissioner was presented with a copy of Anderson’s resume and a list of references.

The Commission previously passed a resolution honoring Cox’s memory for the time he served.

Constables serve in partnership with local, state and federal agencies in their district that ask for their assistance. Constables also serve legal paperwork (such as subpoenas or evictions), provide escorts for visiting politicians and help direct traffic within their district. They serve without being paid by the county.

Another new face was in the Commission room on Monday as new administrative legislative assistant Lorri Moultrie worked her first Commission meeting.

Also during the meeting:

- An update on what state law allows county governments to specify in the realm of environmental issues and violations was discussed.

Commissioner Ed Elkins said there is a person in his district having trouble selling a house because the two adjoining properties are not maintained.

“She’s had people come to look at the house and the comments were they would not even make an offer because of the conditions of the properties,” Elkins said.

Elkins said environmental officer Joe Renner is looking into the situation.

Elkins said state law does allow the Commission to pass resolutions that would give more specific guidelines for the environmental office to use.

“I am a strong property rights person, but I feel like anyone’s property rights end when [they begin] to infringe on the rights of the people who live adjacent,” Elkins said.

- Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis gave the commissioners documents outlining four options for animal control. The information will be discussed at the Commission’s next meeting.

- A resolution was passed to be presented to Gov. Bill Haslam thanking him for his assistance in tornado recovery from the April 2011 storms. The resolution will be presented to the governor during an upcoming visit to Cleveland.

- The Commission passed a motion in opposition to a $4 fee in Great Smoky Mountains National Park for those who choose to camp in the park’s backcountry sites instead of developed campgrounds in the park.

Chairman Louie Alford will also write a letter to the county’s state legislators asking them to oppose the fee.

Fourth District Commissioner J. Adam Lowe said parks are already funded with tax dollars and the fee does not go toward a specific service, unlike for campgrounds. Lowe expressed concerns similar fees could come to the Cherokee National Forest in the future.

The park website states: “The fee will be used to provide increased customer service for backcountry trip planning, reservations, permitting and to improve the backcountry experience.”

Second District Commissioner Jeff Morelock passed on voting.

Morelock said he did not have enough information and it did not directly affect Bradley County.

Elkins said there were still a lot of unknowns about the proposed fee.