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Commissioners discuss variety of topics during special meeting day

By John Estridge, Editor

Union County commissioners worked on a variety of topics at their most recent meeting, Monday, July 1.

Commissioners usually meet on the first and third Fridays of each month, but the first meeting in July was moved to the first Monday because the courthouse was closed on Friday, July 5 due to the Fourth of July holiday.

Commissioner Tim Williams was absent leaving president Paul Wiwi and Howard Curry.

Wiwi and Curry discussed interviewing candidates for the secretarial position at the extension office. Now that the new extension agent Jennifer Logue is on duty, they want her to sit in with the interviews as well as a commissioner and a council member.

Up until now, the secretarial position has been fulltime. Commissioners want to make it a part-time position, holding it to 28 hours per week at $14 per hour. By doing that, commissioners said the county can save $19,500 per year.

While the hours are 28 hours per week, there are times, such as the fair, where the person in that position would work more than 28 hours per week, but the average would be 28 hours per week.

Also, commissioners:

*Heard about the Achieva explanation.

Commissioners received a letter from Achieva asking for a $12,000 pledge using figures from the people in Wayne County it helped.

Union County Auditor said an Achieva representative said the people who it talked about in the letter were from Union County, and it was a misprint.

Commissioners asked Begley to contact the Achieva representative and have him, or her, give a presentation to the commissioners.

*Discussed the road grader bids should be in by the next meeting.

*Discussed with the passage of the Property Nuisance Ordinance, Area Plan Director Jeff Mathews should come to the next meeting to discuss the board setup. The three-member board will consist of Mathews, one commissioner and one county council member. The ordinance will go into effect 30 days after the commissioners signed it.

This will be complaint driven. Mathews has consistently stated he will not drive around the county looking for violations.

*Stated they have not heard from O'Mara concerning the paving schedule. O'Mara signed the contract with the county. The commissioners want the paving within the county completed by the end of July.

*Discussed the 2020 budgetary process.

Begley said she will compile a notebook concerning the proposed county budget for each commissioner and council member. A public

hearing/budget workshop will take place on Thursday, Aug. 15. Commissioners were told the pay for ambulance service will increase by $5,000 and it is the final year of the contract.

*Heard from Wiwi concerning gravel roads in the county.

Wiwi said with the weather turning drier, the gravel roads can be graded and more gravel put down.