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Posted on Sunday, November 12, 2023 at 10:10 am

Marshall County Commission October Meeting

Tracy Harris – Staff Writer

The Marshall County Commission met on Oct. 23 at 6:00 p.m.

Neil Davis was appointed as Maintenance Director and was approved by a unanimous vote.

Resolution 23-10-10 was approved unanimously to approve the application for the BVP grant funds (Patrick Leahy Bulletproof Vest Partnership Funds Grant). This program has awarded more than $548 million in federal funds for the purchase of over a million vests since 1999. Marshall County has been awarded $7,571.25. This grant requires a 50% match.

The board approved Resolution 23-10-11 which authorizes the county to apply for Juvenile Court State Supplement Funds Grant from the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services. It provides partial reimbursement up to an annual amount of $9,000 for five to help offset expenses related to the Youth Services Officer’s salary.

Resolution No. 23-10-12 authorizes the submission of an agreement between Marshall County and Arrington Disposal. The agreement is to accept and process single stream recyclable material and will impose certain contractual obligations upon the county. The board voted in favor unanimously. Section 1 of the agreement states: Purpose/Scope of Service. Arrington Disposal agrees to transport and deliver single stream recycling materials (defined as plastics [PET #1 and HDIPE#2], mixed paper, cardboard, aluminum beverage containers and steel containers) to the Marshall County Solid Waste Recovery Facility for offloading and processing by Marshal County Solid Waste.

Resolution 23-10-13 authorizes the County Mayor to execute the Mental Health Court Group Facilitator Contract on behalf of Marshall County, and directs the grant funds be applied to the cost of the contract. It allows up to $21,600 in supplemental grant funds to go the services of a Mental Health Court Group Facilitator. The resolution states: Marshall County received $115,000 for Mental Health Court (MHC). The Mental Health Court serves misdemeanor offenders suffering with behavioral health disorders and often substance abuse disorder, and a designated Mental Health Court Group Facilitator would enhance the services available to Mental Health Court participants and increase the likelihood of successful recovery.

Resolution 23-10-15 also deals with the MHC. According to the resolution, MHC requires a software and hardware company for caseload management for staff, plus communication and accountability for participants. The resolution involves a contract with Reconnect, a public benefit corporation, to provide the software and hardware for 12 months. The grant will be used to pay all the fees associated with this service. The board were all in favor of the resolution.

Resolution 23-10-16 concerns a contract. The Marshall County Probation Department (MCPD) requires software installation on an additional computer purchased for Mental Health Court. MCMD needs to upgrade their current contract to add software to a newly purchased computer for case management and court compliance. The additional software is $1800 annually and will be paid by The Mental Health Court Grant administered by The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. The resolution was approved by a unanimous vote.

Marshall County adopted and enforces the 2018 International Residential Code, which requires a building permit on any structure over 200 sq ft. The Building Codes Office has seen an increase in illegal structures. The Marshall County Code Committee recommending doubling the permit fee on structures built without prior permits. A public hearing was held on the matter at 5:3o p.m. before the commissioners met for their 6:00 regularly scheduled meeting. The resolution to adopt an additional fee to double all permits for structures built without prior permits passed unanimously.

Resolution 23-10-20 intended to rezone 2571 New Columbia Hwy in Lewisburg from A-1 to C-2 for private sporting fields. There was also a public hearing on this matter right before the commission met. In September, the Marshall County Planning Commission recommended an unfavorable vote based on the application as submitted. All members voted against the resolution so it failed.

The rules were suspended to address the final order of business, Resolution 23-10-21. It concerns approving a storage space lease agreement with Lewisburg Properties, LLC for storing furniture during the renovation of the old health department on Legion Drive. During the renovations, furniture and other possessions of the county need to be stored. Space has been located at  1701 Childress Rd. and the lease agreement shows the rent will be $500 monthly for seven months and will continue as a month-to-month tenancy until such time as is terminated by either party. The agreement was approved by the building and Budget Committees of the Marshall County Commission.

On Monday, Nov. 27 a Public Hearing will be held at 5:30 p.m. with the Commission Meeting following at 6:00 p.m. in Courthouse Annex Room 2204.