The Bradley County Commission is set to address a variety of issues at its meeting Monday in what could be the last voting session before the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.
Resolutions on the agenda concern everything from a possible new contract with the United States Postal Services to the long-running issue of animal control for county residents.
If approved by the Commission, one resolution would allow the county to scrap the occupational safety and health program plan for the employees of Bradley County that was put in place on Aug. 20, 2007, and create a new one with several revisions.
Another item would allow the Bradley County Mayor D Gary Davis to enter into a lease agreement with the United States Postal Service for it to stay at its downtown location for another five years. According to the proposed resolution, the lease would cost $24,500 per year.
“This is big news,” Davis said. There had previously been the possibility of the post office leaving its Broad Street location.
The commission would need to approve the lease’s terms before the agreement could be made final.
At the recommendation of Bradley County’s ad hoc committee on animal control, the Commission’s agenda includes a resolution that could finalize who the county would be partnering with to handle animal control to county residents who live outside the Cleveland city limits.
The resolution would allow the county to enter into a two-year agreement with the SPCA of Bradley County “to provide comprehensive animal control” to county residents at the expense of $80,000 per year.
Davis said he was glad to see the animal control matter on the agenda, because it meant the county was closer to making a decision.
Unlike the county’s current partnership with the city of Cleveland to handle animal control under the jurisdiction of the Cleveland Police Department through March, the decision could place animal control in the hands of a nonprofit organization in partnership with the county.
“It’s a priority for Bradley County, but we’re looking at doing it differently,” Davis said.
Another resolution that could also garner a vote concerns a measure to “allow hog hunting with dogs with a dedicated season on all Wildlife Management areas where hogs were historically hunted to prevent migration into our county and further destruction to property owners crops, fields and property and to not allow private property owners to use dogs to manage hog problems on their property.”
In November, the Commission approved a resolution that allowed people to use dogs to drive hogs away from their properties. However, Commissioners decided at its most recent work session to revisit the issue after protests alleging dogs only served to chase hogs onto other properties rather than addressing the problem of hogs destroying farmers’ crops.
The last piece of new business on the agenda includes a change in how county taxes are distributed after they are collected.
Attorney Jim Logan, who had worked with the county on legal issues, said any such change in how taxes are distributed could have a big impact on the residents of Bradley County.
While not an agenda item, Davis said commissioners would also be presented with the results of a recent audit of the county’s budget.
The Commission meets at the Bradley County Courthouse Monday at noon.