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County planning commission presents issues to full body

Thursday night’s county commission meeting began with a unanimous passing of the budget amendments followed by the approval of several notaries, including Dean Campbell, Cynthia Rupard, Paul S. Gobble, Kristin Ann Herman, Diane L. Jenkins, and Sara Elizabeth Stout.
April’s meeting was also the time for quarterly reports and several issues were addressed from various committees and departments. Commissioner Jerry Grindstaff addressed the commission with three issues that had come before the planning commission.
The first dealt with a house on Sink Valley Road in Butler that was built on the county’s right of way. Constructed several decades ago the current owners were proposing a land swap, where they would trade the county right of way on their side of the road for property they owned on the opposite side of the road. Road superintendent, Tony Jennings stated that he had no problem with the swap as long as measures were taken to prevent the county from liability for any damages that might occur to the house. The location of the house is potentially dangerous because it sits under the embankment, very close to the road, and according to Jennings snow plows pushing snow run the risk of pushing rocks, debris, and snow onto the roof of the house. The swap would actually straighten the right of way to some degree and as long as the owner’s agree to pay all legal expenses to have the changes made and sign an agreement to hold the county harmless of any potential damages that may occur, the planning commission approved the deal. A motion was made to accept the swap and was carried unanimously.
The second issue dealt with a letter of credit on developer Tom Cook. The bond in question is due soon and the planning commission has made repeated attempts to contact Cook, to prevent having to call in the $126,000 from Elizabethton Federal. The money was supposed to be used to complete roadwork for a subdivision but was not completed. Cook still has the option to renew if he responds in time.
The final issue deals with Hardin Snyder Road, a former county road that was taken off the county map in 1992 at the request of resident Hardin Snyder. However Snyder was not the only resident on the road and the 10 other residents are now requesting the county to re-accept the road because its condition has deteriorated substantially over the last few years. The commission that made the original decision should have had the approval of all residents on the road, but apparently that was not the case. Because of its strange nature, the issue was tabled until the next meeting to allow county attorney Cockett time to look into it further.
County Mayor Dick Grayson revealed to the commission that Commissioner
Ronnie Perkins, who was not present, intends to resign from the planning commission but must submit that decision in writing. Grayson suggested leaving the planning commission with six members until the new mayor is elected in August, rather than nominating a member for only a few months. The commission agreed with this decision.
Grayson also announced that the Johnson County litter management had already collected six and one-half tons of litter and more than 90 tires.
Mayor Grayson brought a potential lease option before the commission, concerning six acres of property near the Johnson County Industrial Park. Omnisource, which owns the automotive scrap yard at the industrial park, has been dealing with long lines waiting to have their scrap weighed. Consequently N&N Ball and Roller and Custom Crate & Pallet have had to deal with the traffic issue. To relieve this problem, Omnisource is seeking to lease the six acres from the county to place a compactor to hopefully speed up the process and relieve the long lines. The commission agreed that this would be a beneficial move for the county and a motion to accept the proposal passed unanimously.
Earl Shull, a member of the highway commission, officially submitted his resignation, citing declining health. Under his suggestion and the approval of Road Superintendent Jennings, Shull’s son Terry was nominated to the position and accepted by the commission to fill the rest of his father’s term.
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