The Lincoln County Commission gave its approval Tuesday to renewing its dead stock service agreement with Appertain Corp. for $66,087.
The agreement, actually between Apper-tain, South Central Tennessee Development District and Lincoln County, represents a 4.5-percent increase over the current year’s pact, according to discussion during last week’s commission meeting. The vote was approved with 19 in favor, two opposed, and three absent. Voting no were commissioners Bill Askins and Steve Guntherberg.
Commissioners also authorized their Ad Hoc Sewer Committee to negotiate for ease-ments, rights of ways, pump station acquisi-tion properties for the sewer line extension project in southern Lincoln County – the costs of those easements and acquisitions are not to exceed a total of $20,000, according to the action.
Family Resource Center CAMP amend-ments amounting to $4,995 for fiscal year 2013-14 and $2,576 for FY 2014-15 gained approval in other business. The funds were appropriated from the restricted alcohol and drug treatment moneys.
In other action, the county will reimburse the sheriff’s department for $3,998, the cost of cleanup related to a clandestine Metham-phetamine lab uncovered in February. Sus-pects charged in connection with the case had allegedly disposed of equipment and chemi-cals in a drinking water well, and conse-quently, authorities were forced to contact an environmental services company for cleanup of the lab.
While the cost was initially paid from the sheriff’s drug fund, officials realized subse-quently that due to legalities, the cost couldn’t be expensed from that fund.
The matter resulted in some discussion, primarily focused on how the county could recoup its cost in this case and similar in-stances. While oftentimes the landowner is responsible, officials also discussed the pos-sibility of taking out a lien on properties in-volved. The commission is expected to study the matter further in upcoming months.
The county also approved a $3,345 ex-penditure related to the replacement of a transmission in a county vehicle used by the property assessor’s office for fieldwork and inspections.
A number of other budget amendments were approved, including $3,580 to the clerk and master’s office, and in general fund school budget amendments, $5,583 resulting from a state Department of Education reim-bursement to the county, $24,360 for the cost of a school boiler replacement, and $10,480 for replacing iPads stolen from Lincoln County High School.
Commissioners also approved a request from the election commission for equipment to be declared surplus and either disposed of or sold.
Additionally, a resolution authorizing the submission of an application for a litter and trash collecting grant to the Tennessee De-partment of Transportation gained approval.
At the start of the commission meeting, officials were treated to three songs sung by Logan Blade of Culleoka, Ala. Logan, who was diagnosed at the age of two with autism, is not able to communicate very well, said his mother in introducing him, but he has perfect pitch and is able to sing exceptionally well. The youth sang three songs for commission-ers.
“He is just great, and I know he is an in-spiration to a lot of parents and children,” said County Mayor Peggy Bevels, who ar-ranged the presentation in conjunction with Autism Awareness Month observed in April. Bevels had been impressed by Logan’s talent at the recent Boonshill Grand Ole Opry.
The local 4-H Judging Team, comprised of Aubrey Malone, Jake Gentry and Emily Vaughn opened the meeting the Pledge of Allegiance immediately after the prayer.