BY KRISTEN BUCKLES
As Greene County advances into the new fiscal year, the Greene County Commission will meet at 6 p.m. on Monday, with a number of renewal items on the agenda.
The commission, the county's legislative body, will meet in the Criminal Courtroom on the second floor of the Greene County Courthouse following the 5 p.m. caucus meeting.
Items on the agenda include:
* appointment of members to County Commission committees;
* nomination and approval of a chairman and chairman-pro-tem of the commission;
* approval of bonds for constables, school board members, Circuit Court Clerk Pam Venerable, and Assessor of Property Chuck Jeffers; and,
* a proclamation of World Azheimer's Awareness Day on Sept. 21, 2012, in Greene County.
Up for consideration will be resolutions that would:
* authorize Mayor Alan Broyles to convey Leaping Deere Lane to Deere and Company;
* recommend that department heads establish a cost savings Incentivization Plan for county employees;
* amend the Highway Fund budget to accept a $1.4 million transfer from the proceeds of the road bond issue approved in 2010 by the County Commission;
* amend the county budget to carry over to the current budget year $4,600 in unspent contributions received last fiscal year by the Greene County Health Department;
* request the Tennessee General Assembly to repeal state law requiring the appointment of a Director of Schools, to allow for the election by popular vote of a Superintendent of Public Institutions; and,
* require the County Commission to appoint legal representation for the county government when County Attorney Roger Woolsey has a conflict of interest on a legal matter, and set reimbursement rates for the alternate legal representation in such cases.
According to the resolution concerning Leaping Deere Lane, it was formerly a county road, but was annexed, along with surrounding property, by the Town of Greeneville in 2001.
In October 2010, Greeneville abandoned the road at Deere & Company's request, the resolution continues. The road provides access to the John Deere Power Products plant and to the RPC plant, which are adjacent.
Although Greeneville annexed this property and took over maintenance of the road for a time, the property on which the road was situated is still owned by the county.
Deere & Company, which owns all property surrounding the lane, has requested that the county quitclaim the property where the lane was previously situated.
"After carefully considering the situation, Greene County has no use for the property that was previously Leaping Deere Lane ... and it would be proper to quitclaim Greene County's interest in the property," according to the resolution.
Commissioner Ted Hensley is presenting the incentive program proposal to encourage cost-saving ideas.
If approved, the program will offer a 10 percent incentive payment to the employee on any savings the county earns as a result of the employee's cost-saving idea.
The program calls for a subcommitee to review, implement and monitor any ideas submitted.
The transfer of road bond funds is being proposed in order to meet state auditing requirements to show the total operating costs for the County Highway Department's asphalt plant and its product -- including labor, benefits and materials.
Road Superintendent David Weems has estimated that this budget year he will use $1.4 million from the county bond fund.
This is not new money, Weems has pointed out, but is his making use of the $3 million remaining from the $5.5 million road bond issue that was approved by the County Commission in 2010.
The end of the 2013-2014 fiscal year will be the deadline to use those funds.
With that deadline in mind, Weems plans to spend $1.4 million this year in paving and the remaining amount next year, beginning in the spring.
To meet the state auditing requirements, County Finance Director Mary Shelton has said it is necessary to formally transfer the $1.4 million from the bond fund to the Highway Department fund.
Another transfer of the remaining bond funds will need to take place when the final part of the bond proceeds is used, according to Shelton.
The commission will also hold a public hearing, in which Judith Sexton is scheduled to speak.
A meeting of the County Purchasing Committee will take place at 4:30 p.m. in the downstairs courtroom, just prior to the caucus at 5 p.m.
Then, following the 6 p.m. meeting of the County Commission, the commission's Ethics Committee will hold what has been described as an organizational meeting.
This appears to be the first time the Ethics Committee has met since the County Commission adopted its ethics policy in 2007.