Reorganization and vehicles on County agenda

Dec. 02, 2012 @ 07:15 AM

Reorganization will be at the heart of a special meeting of the Rutherford County Commission at 10 a.m. Monday.

Judge Randy Poole will administer the oath of office to Faye Huskey, register of deeds, as well as re-elected County Commissioner Eddie Holland and newly-elected Commissioner Greg Lovelace. Lovelace will replace out-going Commissioner Susan Crowe, who did not seek re-election.

Oaths will also be given to Soil Conservation Supervisors and Rutherford County Board of Election members.

Following the oaths, commissioners will elect a chairman and vice chairman of the board. Currently Julius Owens is the Commission chairman and Bill Eckler is the vice chairman.

The Commission will also approve bonds for various county employees.

Commissioners will look at approval for bonds for its Finance Director ($100,000), TDA ($50,000), Airport ($50,000), Transit ($50,000), Social Services Director ($100,000), County Manager ($100,000), Tax Collector ($100,000), Sheriff ($10,000), and Register of Deeds ($10,000).

Commissioners will reconvene its regular meeting at 6 p.m. Monday.

The county's vehicle replacement program will be updated by Finance Director Paula Roach.

In a memo to County Manager Carl Classen, Roach indicated that the program has begun implementation.

She said that the Finance Department has worked on seven county vehicles ready for surplus.

Roach is recommending the Public Works/Planning department auction the vehicles on to "maximize return."

In addition, there are 33 vehicles the county is planning to replace, using the vehicle replacement program. According to county documents, the total cost of replacing those vehicles is $1.78 million. However, under the replacement program, the county will not spend all of those funds at once.

In her memo, Roach said that vehicles within the General Fund and Department of Social Services, will be funded "through a 36-month lease purchase financing." Vehicles budgeted for replacement from Solid Waste/Equipment were budgeted as "pay-go" thus, will not be financed.

Under the terms of the replacement program, approved by commissioners during their 2012-13 budget negotiations, the first year of the program is expected to cost the county approximately $368,000. However, Roach indicated that interest rates may be lower than expected, thus saving some dollars that will be applied to the next fiscal year's vehicle needs.

Roach said that a request for proposal will be sent to banks on Dec. 4, with a due date of Dec. 18. Bids will be summarized and presented to the County Commission on Jan. 7, 2013.