“This is a wonderful opportunity for people to discover Weiss Lake and also bring in a lot of visitors as the parents and families of these junior anglers come and participate in this tournament,” said Cherokee County Commission Chairman/Probate Judge Kirk Day. “It is certainly a great event we are going to have. But as with any event, it comes with its share of cost. A request was made by the Cherokee county Chamber of Commerce for help from the commission in the amount of $2,000, about $500 (in discretionary funds) per commissioner.
The commission approved the request.
On another project, commissioners also approved special funds for upgrading the Sand Rock High School Baseball facilities. The initial request was for $5,000. Commissioner Kimball Parker agreed to pay $2,000 from his discretionary funds while Commissioners Randy Jones, Marcie Foster and Carlton “Bubba” Teague agreed to pay $1,000 each.
The commission, upon Day’s recommendation, approved retaining Debbie Bankson, who recently retired as chief clerk for the Cherokee County Probate Judge’s office, for consulting and training for five days per month not to exceed six months at the present rate of pay.
“That allows her to come in and check the work of my new chief clerk and to assist her in her continued training,” said Day. “There wasn’t a lot of crossover time allowed and I think this will give us the dedicated time to make sure because there are a lot of different scenearios that can come in front of the chief clerk and I think this will give them time to cover all the bases. In my capacity as probate judge I would certainly seek approval for that.”
Chairman Day announced that the Cherokee County Industrial Development Authority District II Representative appointment/reappointment will be made at the Feb. 11,2013 regular meeting. Ronnie Rogers is currently serving in this position. Submittal of resumes will be accepted through Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013.
Day announced that the Cherokee County Communications District (E-911 Board) appointments/reappointments will be made at the Feb. 11, 2013 regular meeting for Place Number One held by Harry Moon and Place Number Two held by Lanny Ransum. Submittal of resumes, letters, etc. will be accepted through Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013.
Day also announced that the Cherokee County Public Library Board appointments/reappointments will be made at the Feb. 25, 2013 regular meeting for the expired term ending Feb. 1, 2016 of seats held by members Doris Pearson, Margaret Hillhouse and Johnny Usry and for the expired term ending Feb. 1, 2017 of seat held by member Andrea Givens. Submittal of resumes, letters, etc. will be accepted through Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013.
In other business the commission:
-Approved excess land redemptions to Ellis and/or Ann Butler for $118.26 and Jack F. Mackey for $45.45.
-Approved advertising for Highway Maintenance Technician I position at the highway department vacated by a former employee.
Prior to the regular business session, Chair Day announced a new tradition to begin commission proceedings. For each meeting, a local veteran will lead in the Pledge of Allegiance and the pastor of a local church will give the invocation.
For the Monday, Jan. 28 meeting, Blake Livingston, a veteran of World War II, led the Pledge of Allegiance and Keith Day, pastor of Believer’s Fellowship Church, gave the invocation.
Livingston is also a former Cherokee County engineer.
“The freedoms we often observe in our country often depends upon local people, the county commission,” noted Livingston. “For the people who have agreed to serve I don’t know whether to congratulate them or feel sorry for them sometimes. But we do thank you all for serving our country.”
The next regular meeting of the Cherokee County Commission is Monday, Feb. 11, at 10 a.m. The work session begins at 9 a.m.