In Sullivan County there are 11 commission districts and a total of 24 commissioners. There are between one and three members per district. The number of members in a district is based on population and the “one man one vote” rule — each commissioner is supposed to represent roughly the same number of people.
Commissioner Mark Vance withdrew a resolution that would have started process to hire project manager. Multiple other commissioners had said it’s just too early, considering there’s no timeline or exact description of the work to be done.
In an at times terse discussion, Sullivan County commissioners debated asking the Sullivan County Board of Education to halt work of West Ridge High School’s construction until the BOE can prove they have the money to finish both that school and the new middle school in the East zone.
County officials hope to have a proposed budget by mid-April for the fiscal year that begins July 1, 2019. It would be the first time in several years that a budget was approved before the 12-month fiscal cycle begins.
Firm’s work will involve consideration to include “transitional” component to address alcohol and drug addiction among inmate population.
Should the top position in a local school system — director or superintendent — be won in a political race or filled by locally-elected school boards through a hiring and contract process?
On Wednesday, Ballad Health — the result of a merger of what were Wellmont Health System and Mountain States Health Alliance — announced Johnson City Medical Center would be the only hospital to retain level one trauma center status for its emergency room.
Officials blame an outbreak of a feline disease with the decision to euthanize all the cats, about 50. Some animal advocates and volunteers for the shelter said they did not have to be euthanized and called for better written protocols and appointment of an experienced director.
In what was billed as the first time the two commission’s ever met jointly, each body voted to approve a resolution citing prior successes and pledging to forge greater bonds — throughout the region.
The committee will include representatives of all the veterans groups in the county and create a plan for how to continue after the current veterans service officer, who works out of the American Legion office, retires in two years.
Most members of the public who spoke during a work session last week told county commissioners they don’t want the county to again partner with the Kingsport-based group.
The county commissions of Sullivan County and Washington County will meet jointly next week to talk about how to work together — and planners hope the effort will grow to include surrounding counties to “make things better for the whole region.”
Nearly $1 million in startup funding will come from the county’s general fund surplus, but an estimated $757,000 in recurring yearly costs will have to be funded in years to come.
On Thursday the Sullivan County Commission approved a nearly $184.5 million budget for the fiscal year that began July 1, keeping last year’s tax rate of $2.55 and balanced with nearly $7.3 million worth of fund balances.
BLOUNTVILLE — When does recess mean accomplishing a challenging task? When it happens at the Sullivan County Commission. At least on occasion. And one of those occasions came on Monday.