Light work for Commission Monday

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

The Marshall County Commission handled a light agenda on Monday night before heading into their December break.

Commissioners approved a budget amendment from the Election Commission needed to fund the special election required to fill the 14th District State Senate seat vacated by Jim Tracy this month.

The bill for the primary and general elections for the seat is expected to cost $47,700, although the state will reimburse the county for the expense after the election.

An additional $13,000 was added to the General Sessions Court budget to act as seed money for establishing assessment programs.

The court will contract with private agencies to perform assessments of defendants before the court for anger, mental, alcohol, or drug issues.

An intervention class for domestic batterers will also be established in order to combat the problem of domestic violence in the county.

Funds will be paid back to the county for these programs as part of the terms of participants probation costs.

Commissioners also approved the 12-month contract for new County Attorney Barbara Medley.

Medley officially took the position on Nov. 1, replacing Bill Haywood who had served in the position for the past seven years.

A retainer of $1,250 per month will be paid for Medley’s services, including attendance at monthly Commission meetings.

Additional legal work on behalf of the county will be billed at $250 per hour, per the agreement.

The Commission also approved a resolution calling for the bridge on Finley Beech Road over Snake Creek to be named in memory of Command Sergeant Major Allen B. Wortham. Commissioners Dean Delk and R.L. Williams both recounted their service in the National Guard with Wortham, emphasizing his effectiveness as a non-commissioned officer.