The proposed ordinance generated plenty of conversation in meetings prior to the vote. The proposal was made in February by Planning Director Larry Reiter. His objective, he said, was to have a way to hold timber operators responsible for damage to the county’s roads. He proposed requiring a $5,000 bond to use in case damage occurred.
The BOC decided to hold a public hearing on the proposed ordinance before taking a vote. Several people showed up to voice their objections.
More discussion took place during the April 2 work session, when commissioners agreed to drop the bond requirement. The $5,000 would “just be a drop in the bucket” if timber operators were to tear up the road, Reiter admitted. He agreed a mere notification process would make it easier for his office to track down the operator in case of damage to the roads.
Not one word was spoken before the affirmative vote to table the ordinance indefinitely was taken last week.
When asked why he proposed tabling the ordinance Stowers said he had “decided to quit going against what the people wanted.” Stowers said the people don’t seem to understand what the ordinance’s intent is.
“We held a public hearing and they still don’t understand. How do I convince them otherwise?”
Neither was there any discussion when it came time to vote on raising athletic and summer camp fees at Parks & Rec. The item on the agenda was Park & Rec summer camp fees—no mention of athletic fees at all.
Nor did anyone question the absence. Commissioners simply voted unanimously to approve the resolution raising summer camp fees.
Commission Chairman Chris Dockery is responsible for setting the meeting agenda. When asked why the athletic fees were left off the resolution he said the county is waiting until it appoints a permanent director. That, he said, should be in the very near future.
“We felt it best, if a new director is hired, to let them give their input. There’s no rush. The fees apply to fall sports. We have several months to look at different options,” Dockery said.
Commissioners did approve increasing fees for the summer camp program from $69 to $99. The program has been significantly improved over last year, Dockery said, “and registration is at hand.”
In other BOC business commissioners approved Dockery’s appointment of Stowers as representative to the Accountability Court and approved the form of the Water & Sewerage Authority Bond Resolution.