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Evans requests elimination of Summer Intern Program

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By PETER SAWYER

At the Feb. 11 commission workshop, Commissioner Alvin Evans requested eliminating the summer intern program. Evans wants to use the program’s money to restore the commission’s discretionary funds.
“I feel like we can do more with the discretionary money than hiring a summer intern,” Evans said. “I think most of us used our discretionary money for things people wouldn’t have (otherwise)…You’re gonna work one person verses helping a lot of people.”
The commission’s budget previously included $60,000 for discretionary funds, Deputy Mayor David Young said. This allowed each commissioner to use $4,000 to make donations to charities and non-profit groups.
However, the discretionary funds weren’t included in the budget for the current fiscal year.
Commissioner David Adkins asked how much money was budgeted for the summer intern program. Evans told him $70,000.
“My only problem with it is some kids already made plans to work,” Commissioner Beverly Hall said.
The item was placed on the agenda for next week’s meeting.
Requests for proposals
County resident Jim Slusher asked the commission to change its purchasing policy to include requests for proposals when seeking professional services, such as engineers or lawyers.
When a project or item costs $10,000 or more, the county commission must collect bids. The selection process is usually determined solely on price, Young said.
However, the county doesn’t currently follow the same policy of collecting bids for professional services, but operates under state law, Young said. The requested change would require the county to seek proposals, instead of quotes, when it needs professional services. This is because professional services can’t be selected based on price alone, Young said.
TDOT project
The county will consider participating in a $4 million Tennessee Department of Transportation project that would raise an industrial access road at the Interstate 75 exit 141, County Mayor William Baird said. The county and the town of Caryville would each provide $93,000.
Animal Control Advisory Board
The commission must appoint two members to the Animal Control Advisory Board for four-year terms. There are two vacancies as Terry Basista’s term has expired and Frank Bradley moved away. In a memo to the county commission, Baird recommended Elizabeth Asbury and Patricia Simpson be appointed. Caryville Mayor Chris Stanley recommended Caryville Police Chief Johnny Jones be appointed to represent Caryville.