In shadow of budget, landfill changes hands

10:00 am | July 16, 2013

Next year’s budget may have proved the most hotly debated topic during Monday’s county commission meeting, but another, older, controversy resurfaced before becoming county law.

Photo by Brandon HicksCommissioner Charles Von Cannon voices his disapproval of a private act that transfers supervision of the Carter County Landfill and its director from the county mayor to the county’s Landfill Committee.

Photo by Brandon Hicks
Commissioner Charles Von Cannon voices his disapproval of a private act that transfers supervision of the Carter County Landfill and its director from the county mayor to the county’s Landfill Committee.

Carter County commissioners voted 18-6 Monday morning to ratify a private act shifting supervision of the Carter County Landfill and its director from the county mayor to the county’s Landfill Committee.

Though this marked the third time the resolution has been approved by the commission, several at the meeting continued to speak out against it. Commissioner Charles Von Cannon, who serves on the Landfill Committee, said the reason offered by the commissioners supporting the resolution — to give the landfill director a sense of job security — was not sufficient enough to warrant a private act.

“This private act, in my opinion, is an act of protecting one individual’s job,” Von Cannon said. “To protect the director was not, in my opinion, a valid reason for all this paperwork, and for our representatives to fall for it. If this is the way our commissioners are going to do business … get you some new commissioners.”

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