Legislature OKs measure allowing committee to take control of landfill

10:00 am | April 18, 2013

The Tennessee legislators unanimously approved a private act to realign governmental powers within Carter County.

On Monday, house bill 1357 unanimously passed both the State Senate and House of Representatives, which could mean supervision of the Carter County Landfill will transfer from the county mayor to the county’s Landfill Committee.

State Rep. Kent Williams, who co-sponsored the bill with State Sen. Rusty Crowe, said that the measure was approved as it was received from the County Commission.

“That’s what was sent by the County Commission,” Williams said. “As far as I know, it wasn’t altered.”

The resolution created controversy when it was first introduced at the County Commission meeting on Jan. 22. Commissioners who supported it contended the resolution was aimed at retaining the services of the current landfill director. Other commissioners, as well as County Mayor Leon Humphrey, argued that there was insufficient evidence to warrant a change.

After the resolution was approved by a vote of 17-5 in January, Humphrey vetoed it the next day. When the commission reconvened on Feb. 19, Humphrey’s veto was overturned by a vote of 13-7.

Although the resolution sparked contentious discussions locally, Williams said his vote was driven by the approval from the County Commission.

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