Propane Gas Shortage, Update on New Jail/Justice Center Highlight Monday Co. Commission Meeting

The Fentress County Com-mission met in regular monthy session on Monday, January 27 and took action on a number of items, with much of the meeting being taken up with discussion of the problem in obtaining propane gas for heating some of the community fire stations.

With all members present, and following the routine opening items, approval of the notary list and the minutes of the December 16, 2013 session, the commission members heard an update from Darren Rudd, Construction Observer and B. Allen Hill, Architect on the new Jail/Justice Center.

Rudd reported that the jail/justice center was coming along well, despite a 4-month delay due to the heavy rains early last year, and that they were almost back on schedule.  He said that about 90% of the rough-ins were completed for the mechanicals of the facility, and that they were well pleased with the progress and quality of work they were getting from the subcontractors.

Architect Hill praised local masonry contractor Wendell Madewell and his crew for the quality of work that they were doing.

They also reported that the new E-911 center was 99% complete, and the facility should be ready for occupancy withing the next few days.  The new $1.4 million project (including the state-of-the art equipment) was constructed at no cost to the taxpayers of Fentress County.

Rudd commended Commissioner Gary Peters for all his efforts in helping acquire grants for the facility.

Commissioner Bob Pile then expressed his appreciation to both Rudd and Hill for the great job they were doing on overseeing both the jail/justice center and E-911 projects.

Next, the commission approved budget amendments for the Sheriff’s Department and Senior Center, and approved the Highway Department Road List for 2014.

They then accepted the resignation of David Shaner from the Planning Commission.

Commissioner Leonard Bilbrey then read a letter which had been received from the Tennessee Ambulance Service Association, congratulating the Fentress County Ambulance Service on being chosen as recipient of the 2014 Bob Thomas ALS Service of the Year Award, the highest award which can be awarded to an ambulance service in Tennessee.

Bilbrey asked that the Commission go on record to recognize Director Gary Peters and his staff for achieving this prestigious honor.

Ambulance Director Peters gave credit for the award to the care and dedication of his staff.

Commissioner Rodney Jones then addressed a problem at some of the community fire departments which heated with propane were having in obtaining propane this winter, and asked that County Attorney Paul Crouch could check to see if the county had relinquished natural gas rights to the City of Jamestown, or if the county could allow another supplier to provide gas service to these units.

Read the rest of the story in this weeks Fentress Courier.