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COMMISSION VOTE JAN. 13, 2014

COUNTY MAYOR & COMMISSION - TAX & SPEND 

COMMISSION TO SPEND $900,000 for BOE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES

BY: PAT HUNTER

JAN. 6 MEETING CANCELLATION   RESCHEDULED FOR JAN. 13, 2014 AT 6:00 P.M. --  SPECIAL CALL BUDGET COMMITTEE MEETING - JAN 13, at 5:30 P.M. ANNEX.

Loudon County Commission Meeting  Jan. 6, 2014 (Monday) 6:00 p.m. Annex Basement, Mulberry, Loudon, TN

 CLICK  COMMISSION AGENDA pdf

CLICK COMMISSION PACKET pdf

At Monday's meeting, Loudon County Commission will vote to spend $900,000 for school board administrative office renovations at the Tech Center; funding to come from the Adequate Schools Facilities Tax (AFT) meant for school buildings/renovations.

At last month's (Dec. 2, 2013) Loudon County Commission meeting, Mayor Estelle Herron requested Commission approval of a Budget Amendment ($800,000.00 -Adequate Facilities Tax #177) for administrative BOE office space (5,000 sq. ft.) at the Tech Center located in Lenoir City.

Commission's vote was delayed pending the outcome of a Study concerning the Tech Center facility renovations. In one month alone, the cost estimates has increased by $100,000 (HVAC) from initial cost estimates but this estimate does not include the replacement of all 15 HVAC aging roof units. Roof Estimates  could go higher if more damage is found once roof repairs begin.

Please don't think the expense of renovations will stop there because that does not include the cost of new furniture or moving expense.

 

Parents Silent about  BOE Office Move to Lenoir City

Loudon County Commission must address jail over-crowding problems and related cost to address this issue.

The school board must address turn lanes and other traffic safety issues at Ft. Loudoun Middle School; the cost to purchase 7 right-of-ways (3 commercial and 4 residential) is still unknown.

No decision has been made about the old Greenback School and the demolition cost to a building with asbestos as plans are underway to move the students and teachers from the old school to the new Greenback School.

There are many more important school needs including Loudon High cafeteria renovations, more classrooms, Philadelphia road problem, etc.

How do parents feel about the lack of priorities by Loudon County Commission?

What about the inconvenience and cost of traveling a longer distance to BOE offices in Lenoir City?

Parents and taxpayers, please get involved.

         

School Board side (County Office Building - COB)

When County Mayor Estelle Herron unveiled her initial plans to renovate the county side, the cost was $300,000 for 1,100 sq. ft. space.

County Mayor Herron has yet to disclose how she plans to utilize the entire 8,500 sq. ft. (BOE office space) and related expense.

The very same county office building that was renovated in 2007 by then county mayor Doyle Arp; taxpayer dollars spent $330,000 (est.).

How much of a property tax increase can taxpayers expect to pay as Commissioners vote to squander more taxpayer money on lofty BOE administrative offices? One other interesting note, UT Ag offices located in the county office building were not asked to move.   

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2007 COUNTY OFFICE RENOVATIONS - $330,000

LEGALITY ISSUE & QUESTIONS?

The BOE offices is presently located in Loudon, the county seat; is it legal for the BOE county officers to move from the county seat?

There were legal issues and question in 2007 about moving the BOE from the county seat, and now, County Mayor Estelle Herron appears to be following down the same path as her predecessor.

 Click Attorney General Legal Opinion - County Buildings

 

PLEASE SEE RELATED ARTICLES - 2007 County Office Building Renovations

Legal Issues, Web links 
CLICK Mayor Herron Renovations $300,000 By: Pat Hunter 10-22-2011  
If Loudon County wants to spend money, spend money on schools!  By Pat Hunter http://vanshaver.com/if_loudon_county_wants_to_spend.htm
Arp Wants BOE Out of County Office Building  By: Pat Hunter 10-07-2007

http://vanshaver.com/arp.htm

No Place to Go  By: Van Shaver  8-4-2007 http://vanshaver.com/no_place_to_go.htm
School headquarters to be discussed - Loudon County considers move  By Hugh Willett 9-5-2007

http://vanshaver.com/school_headquarters_to_be_discus.htm

 

VOICE YOUR CONCERNS

 

Please attend Monday's Commission meeting. It is very important that you call or email County Commission:
 

COMMISSION: bajenks@charter.net; dmeers2414@charter.net; rosemaryhquillen@yahoo.com; emaples@lcub1.com; rdfranke@msn.com; skb58tn@charter.net; superhbd@charter.net; slyarbrough@charter.net steveharrelson@charter.net; tvdrmiller@aol.com

District 1 Loudon
Brian Jenkins - W (865) 408-0408 / C (865) 660-6074, Email:
bajenks@charter.net
David Meers (Budget Committee) - H (865) 458-2414, Email:
dmeers2414@charter.net
 
District 2 Lenoir City
Rosemary Quillen - H (865) 986-8824, Email:
rosemaryhquillen@yahoo.com
Earlena Maples - H (865) 986-6772 / W (865) 988-0731, Email:
emaples@lcub1.com
 
District 3 Greenback Ft. Loudon subdivisions
Bob Franke (Budget Committee) H (865) 856-0303 / C (865) 257-0633, Email:
rdfranke@msn.com
 
District 4 Philadelphia
Roy H. Bledsoe (Commission Chairman & Budget Committee)
H (865) 458-2829 / C (865) 643-2829, Email:
skb58tn@charter.net
 
District 5 Eaton Harrison Rd. Sugarlimb Providence
Harold Duff - H (865) 988-6647, Email:
superhbd@charter.net
Sharon Yarbrough - H (865) 988-7772 / C (865) 850-7773, Email:
slyarbrough@charter.net
 
District 6 Highland Park
Steve Harrelson - H (865) 986-5211 / C (865) 740-2715 / W (865) 986-1223, Email:
steveharrelson@charter.net
 
District 7 - Tellico Village
Don Miller (Budget Committee), H (865) 458-0658 / C (865) 406-5897, Email:
tvdrmiller@aol.com

 

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