$69k in evidence

Members of the Lincoln County Commission voted Tuesday evening to accept the donation of $69,000 in evidence tracking equipment to Friends of the Lincoln County Sheriff, which, in turn, is donating the equipment to the sheriff’s department.

“I’m here this evening because TMW Operations, Inc., has generously donated an RFID evidence tracking system to the Friends of the Lincoln County Sheriff,” said Heather Warden, a board member of the local nonprofit. “This is a three-phase donation of goods and services, equipment, software and maintenance.

“Friends of Lincoln County Sheriff, in turn, will be donating the entire system to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department,” she continued, noting the cost of the system is just over $69,000 and that the donation would not result in any cost to taxpayers.

Also present was Rick Head, president of TMW Operations.


Purchase of five

Tahoes for $258k

Members of the Lincoln County Commission gave their approval to a budget amendment Tuesday calling for the purchase of five fully equipped Chevrolet Tahoes for the sheriff’s department at a cost of $258,000.

The purchase, recommended by the county’s law enforcement committee, had been expected to be included in the department’s 2019-2020 budget but was moved up based on need, according to officials.


Drainage issue

Jesse Bunch, a 17-year resident of 174 Sulpher Springs Road, addressed the commission, expressing concerns over a drainage issue created years ago when the county rebuilt the road, trenched out ditches and inserted a tile across the roadway. The tile, however, is inadequate, he said, noting that the problem severely impacts his property. Commissioners urged Bunch to take his concerns to the county’s road committee.


Other business

In other business, Dr. Bill Heath, director of Lincoln County Schools, briefed commissioners on the status of the new Blanche School building, sharing renderings of the structure, and plans for the new STEM wing at Lincoln County High School.

Commissioner Doug Cunningham, who also serves as a member of the Industrial Oversight Committee, also gave an extensive report on Industrial Development Board activities, summarizing plans for the new industry at Runway Centre, expansions that are nearing completion at TMD, Inc., and Frito-Lay, as well as prospects eying the new spec building and Daikin’s Goodman plant.

Additionally, the commission voted to change the date of its May meeting from May 21 to May 28 due to a conflict with the TSCA Post Legislation Conference. The meeting will get underway at 6 p.m. in the circuit courtroom of the Lincoln County Courthouse.

Also approved was the election of Blake Copple as city representative on the county’s Board of Equalization and the re-appointment of Dr. Bill Heath, Dr. Janine Wilson, Mark Clark, Kaye Cowley, Lisa Creson, Brad Luna, Bridgette Jones, Eric Jones, Kate Killebrew, Ron Perrin, Diane Buchanan, Garth Garris and Ben Brown to the Education Workforce Committee.

The county’s appointments or re-appointments to the Interlocal Solid Waste Authority, which had been the focus of contention last month, were delayed as County Mayor Bill Newman noted that attorneys are reviewing the matter.

A number of general fund, general school purpose school fund, and centralized cafeteria budgets were also amended. The litter and trash collecting grant resolution was also approved for fiscal year 2019-20.