Commission sets agenda for Monday meeting

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By Jennifer Caldwell

Several area residents took advantage of the opportunity to have an audience with the county’s governing body during Monday’s commission workshop.

With concerns ranging from access to city water to a proposal to use the old East LaFollette Elementary School building for an alcohol and drug rehabilitation center, commissioners took time to listen and offer possible solutions on the matters.

While most citizens seemed satisfied with the response they received, there was one issue that continues to turn up like a bad penny.

After repeatedly petitioning the commission for a solution to the dispute involving Archery Lane, property owner Sandy Goss expressed her extreme frustration with the situation.

“I’d like to know what’s going to happen?” Goss said of the status of the road.

Over the last several months the commission has taken a variety of action involving the road that Goss contends, and most commissioners agree, was taken as a county road without proper compensation.

 Commissioners previously voted to pave the road. However, problems with that plan arose after the body was informed of the unanticipated cost involved with gaining permission from TVA to improve the area below the 1044 line.

In its most recent action the commission voted to abandon the road allowing Goss to resume ownership of the property. But after some research Goss said that is not a viable option.

“I’m not going to get my road back if you abandon it,” Goss said emphasizing that instead the property would be divided equally among all of the adjoining property owners.

David Young, commission chairman, sympathized with Goss’ predicament.

“This road was on their property and we voted to take it. Then we voted to pave it and now we aren’t going to do it,” Young said. “I fail to see the fairness in taking a person’s property, abandoning it and giving it to adjacent property owners who paid nothing for it.”

Kathy Parrott, commission attorney, suggested a feasible solution would be pave the road down to the 1044 line, but Goss argued this would leave her with a road that was only half paved.

“Just give me back my road,” Goss said in frustration.

Commissioner Bobby White suggested the body declare the property surplus and sell it to the Gosses for $1. 

This suggestion was batted down due to the fact that surplus property must be sold at auction to the highest bidder.

In an attempt to appease Goss, Young asked that a motion be made at the April 20 commission meeting to rescind the action to begin the process of abandoning the road.

While this action will keep the property in question from being divided among the adjacent property owners, any decision short of returning the road to the Gosses or paving it seems likely to continue the stalemate.

Following the lengthy debate, commissioners took the opportunity to add items they wish to discuss on next week’s agenda.

Commissioner Whit Goins requested the group address the issue of overtime pay for county employees.

“There are some departments like the jail and environmental services that have people getting $6,000 to $9,000 in overtime,” Goins asserted.

Commissioner Rusty Orick stated his intention to request that the commission send a letter to the city of LaFollette in opposition to dividing ambulance calls evenly between the county’s ambulance service and Vital Care.

Young agreed Orick’s request was in order.

“I’m not against Vital Care, but I see something fundamentally wrong with taking something (the county’s ambulance service) that the tax payers pay for and giving it to a private company (Vital Care),” Young said.

The Campbell County Board of Commissioners will meet in regular session on April 20 at 6 p.m.


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