Carter County Commission says one more month needed to acquire recycling center building

John Thompson • Nov 19, 2019 at 9:55 PM

ELIZABETHTON — There was a lot of discussion in the Carter County Commission Monday evening about a bonus paid earlier this year by the Carter County Planning Commission, but little action was done.

The commission did instruct a review of the actions taken in granting the bonus to Planning Director Chris Schuettler for doing several extra duties as project manager on construction projects, such as the Elizabethton/Carter County Animal Shelter.

Monday night’s discussion included a closed door lawyer-client session with County Attorney Josh Hardin.

In other matters, the county is still waiting to take over the old Lewis Wood Products building in the Cherokee Industrial Park. The deed is scheduled to be transferred to the county on Dec. 18.

Landfill Committee Chair Sonja Culler said the county’s recycling equipment for cardboard, paper and cans should be quickly installed in the building. The county’s former recycling center was heavily damaged by fire, but with the cleaning of the equipment, the county is set to start cardboard recycling.

Culler said once the Lewis building is acquired by the county, all recycling soon should be up and running except plastics, which will take longer.

The commission also unanimously voted to honor Army Staff Sgt. Larry Jerome Lyons, who was killed in action in a mortar attack in Vietnam on April 6, 1968. Lyons will be honored by having a bridge in the Laurels area on Tenn. Highway 361 named in his honor. The bridge spans Dry Creek near mile marker 2.

The commission also authorized the sheriff’s department to purchase seven new police cruisers at a cost of $272,186.88. The county will provide the funds at no interest to the sheriff’s department. The sheriff will pay back the interest-free loan in four years.

The commission also honored a fallen member on Monday. Chairman Ray Lyons presented a proclamation to the family of the late Ronnie Trivett.