Macon County Chronicle

RBS Council Lowers Tax Rate; Parks City Vehicles

RBS Council Park CarsRed Boiling Springs council members again put off appointing someone to fill the seat vacated by Billy Whitley in April, after City Attorney Jon Wells pointed out the possible unsuitability of the three people interested in the position: Kenethia Woodard, Billy Joe Carver, and RBS Assistant Police Chief Steve Evans.

Wells reminded council members that Kenethia Woodard was related to councilman Jimmy Roark, Billy Joe Carver was an employee of Mayor Kenneth Hollis, and Steve Evans draws a paycheck from the city.

“In my opinion, it might look unprofessional to appoint any of these people,” said Wells. The matter was tabled until next month’s meeting.

Linda McCrary, Three-Star Chair, reminded council members of their pledge to attend MTAS Level I training, announcing that MTAS is willing to come to Macon County if twelve people will attend. Mayor Kenneth Hollis and all  council members said they are willing to attend the 10-hour course. McCrary has secured a grant that will cover most of the attendance fees.

Council members passed on the opportunity to match up to $1,000 for a possible tourism grant that is due on June 1 of this year, pointing out to McCrary that they hadn’t looked at the city’s budget, yet.

Council member Jimmy Roark made a motion to accept the pay scale that he presented at last month’s special called meeting. The motion failed, with Newberry, Spivey, and Bilbrey voting no.

The committee that was appointed to look at the proposed pay scale had not yet met, due to a lack of understanding about who was on the committee.

“I was waiting for you to call it,” council member Ray Bilbrey said to Mayor Hollis. “I think you’re automatically the chairman of any committees.”

Hollis said he thought he wasn’t on the committee, in keeping with the motion made by Roark last month that the committee be made up of council members who voted not to adopt the pay scale. After some discussion, the mayor agreed to chair the committee and call a meeting to review the pay scale.

The council set next year’s tax rate, on second and final hearing, at $1.1609, as required because of the reappraisal of property last year. The current rate is $1.40.

An ordinance adopting the 2008/2009 budget was passed on first reading, with assurance from Mayor Hollis that it was a balanced budget. A public hearing date on the proposed budget was set for June 12 at 6:45 p.m.
In other business, the council:

•tabled, for two months, the setting of a rate for Nestle reverse osmosis water, at Nestle’s request. The state, reported Hollis, is telling Nestle that they need to have a public hearing about dumping the reverse osmosis water into the creek.

•accepted the $14,600 bid, which was the only bid received, from GPM Equipment for an odorant system for the gas system.

•accepted the $7,240 bid from Brown Painting Company to do the concrete repair at Sabins Spring backwash basin. Brown was the only bidder on the job.

•approved the taking of bids to run 800 feet of sewer line to Mr. Stroup’s property on Highway 151.

•accepted the bid from Mafgco for one coat and two pairs of pants for the fire department.

The next regular city council meeting will be held on June 12 at 7 p.m. at the Red Boiling Springs City Hall.