Collins succeeds Waggoner

Friday, October 2, 2009

A former chairman of the Marshall County Planning Commission has been appointed by the County Commission to the Board of Directors of the county-owned water utility district. Matt Collins succeeds Mike Waggoner whose term expired. His last meeting was Aug. 18. County Mayor Joe Boyd Liggett has the responsibility to nominate directors of the Marshall County Board of Public Utilities.

Harley Ezell was nominated by Liggett to succeed Waggoner on the MCBPU, but Ezell's nomination failed 8-8 on Aug. 24. Collins' nomination was approved on a 16-1 vote. Commissioner Larry McKnight voted no. Commissioner Tony White was absent.

Collins works with his father, Grover Collins, in the family real estate business on Nashville Highway.

"Glad to have him aboard," MCBPU Chairman Rocky Bowden said after the monthly meeting of the County Commission on Monday night.

Collins served on the county Planning Commission. That panel, like almost any other municipal or county planning commission, faces routine and sometimes controversial land issues. They include requests for recommendations for rezoning of land from one use to another such as agricultural to industrial. County commissions, not planning commissions, make the decisions on whether a property's classification is changed.

The MCBPU is engaged in a major expansion of the county's water service system of pipes. Its jurisdiction is throughout the county.