THE HUNTER REPORT
LCSWDC MEETS IN EXECUTIVE SESSION, AGAIN!
SOLID WASTE COMMISSIONERS, SOLID WASTE ATTORNEY & COUNTY ATTORNEY HEAD TO CLOSED DOOR SESSION
BY: PAT HUNTER
The December 10th Loudon County Solid Waste Disposal Commission meeting began in a routine fashion with the approval of the minutes (Nov. 12, 2013) and public comment. The planned agenda and meeting notice made no mention of the Executive Session but for a second month in a row (LCSWDC) Chairman Steve Field called for an Executive Session and recess.
Chairman Field said that Loudon County's attorney Bob Bowman had requested an Executive Session to discuss an item pertaining with the “County.” Field explained that it had nothing to do with the current operations or contract with Santek (landfill operator).
Is there anything that you’d like to add to that asked Chairman Field; county attorney Bowman replied in a low whisper that it involves potential litigation.
Chairman Field asked for a motion to accommodate Loudon County's attorney request for an Executive Session, which was unanimously approved by the solid waste commission.
Chairman Field estimated the recess to last 20-30 minutes. According to Chairman Field the closed door session would be held upstairs. The county offices of the Trustee, Assessor, Court Clerk, and Register of Deeds are located upstairs.
The County attorney led the way to the rear of the room followed by solid waste attorney Kevin Stevens and LCSWDC commissioners Steve Field, Brian Jenkins, John Watkins, Robert Harrison, Larry Jameson, and outgoing Bill Waldrop. Absent was Jim Akins, Lenoir City appointee.
After about 42-minutes had lapsed, the six solid waste commissioners and solid waste legal counsel attorney returned from the closed door session, and Loudon County's attorney (Bowman) made a quick dash to the door.
After the solid waste commission meeting reconvened, other topics were discussed including hiring a solid waste director and the major modification landfill permit expansion.
Last month, the seven-member solid waste panel held a 2-hour 30-minute closed door Executive Session in the downstairs back office with attorney Stevens, and Dr. Bob Bachus, Atlanta consultant.
(Note: The county attorney is appointed by County Mayor Estelle Herron and the $155,000 legal budget is approved by Commission. The solid waste employs Kevin Stevens).
COUNTY ATTORNEY BOWMAN (L) DR. BOB BACHUS (R)