VOL. 126 | NO. 153 | Monday, August 8, 2011
Commissioners Plan for 2nd Yr. of Term
By Bill Dries
Shelby County Commissioners meet Monday, Aug. 8, to set the stage for the second year of their current four-year term of office.
The meeting at the Vasco Smith County Administration Building, 160 N. Main St., begins at 1:30 p.m.
County elected officials begin their term of office on Sept. 1.
The commission re-elected Sidney Chism as its chairman for the coming year starting Sept. 1. And at Monday’s meeting, they will vote on his appointments of commissioners to chair and serve on 14 committees.
The changes from the current assignments are that Mike Carpenter becomes chairman of the budget and finance committee. Mike Ritz, the current committee chairman, becomes vice chairman and replaces Carpenter as chairman of the general government committee.
Steve Mulroy replaces Terry Roland as chairman of land use and planning, and Roland replaces Mulroy as head of the legislative committee.
Committee meetings are held every other Wednesday, on the week when the full commission is not meeting. They generally run from 8:30 a.m. to around noon, sometimes until 1 p.m.
The committees have no power to stop an ordinance or resolution from being voted on by the full commission. The committee votes are only a recommendation, and, depending on how many commissioners vote on the recommendations in committee session, they can be an indication of how the full commission will vote later.
They can also result in a vote by the full commission being delayed, as commissioner James Harvey and other backers of a resolution setting up a body to investigate the Shelby County Election Commission found out last week.
The general government committee, which had its earliest meeting last Wednesday, voted to delay for eight weeks Harvey’s resolution to appoint the 13-member body.
Neither he nor other supporters of the measure showed up for the meeting.
“I’d like to kill this thing or at least defer it two weeks,” said commissioner Chris Thomas.
When Ritz suggested eight weeks, the committee approved it without objection.
Also at Monday’s meeting the commission will vote on a $367.2 million budget for the Shelby County Schools system for the fiscal year that started July 1.
County tax revenue is $114.6 million of the budget. State funding of $185.7 million is the largest slice of the budget pie. The school system will be using $17.2 million of its reserves to balance the budget.