Next step for landfill: Vote on veto

10:00 am | January 29, 2013

After last week’s County Commission meeting, County Mayor Leon Humphrey said he would veto a resolution that would have moved supervision of the Carter County Landfill from his office to the county’s Landfill Committee.

Photo by Brandon HicksCommission Chairman Tom Bowers, seen reading a disposal contract bid from the Jan.  10 Landfill Committee meeting, said that he believes the veto will be overturned at the next commission meeting on Feb. 19.

Photo by Brandon Hicks
Commission Chairman Tom Bowers, seen reading a disposal contract bid from the Jan. 10 Landfill Committee meeting, said that he believes the veto will be overturned at the next commission meeting on Feb. 19.

True to his word, last Wednesday, Humphrey vetoed the resolution.
Humphrey said he has yet to hear a response from anyone on the commission.

“I probably won’t hear anything until the commission meeting,” Humphrey said. “So that’s where we’re at.”

The commission will have an opportunity to overturn Humphrey’s veto next month when it reconvenes on Feb. 19. A two-thirds majority is required to do so.

Of course, the commission doesn’t necessarily have to wait that long. Commission Chairman Tom Bowers said Monday that a special session of the commission could be called to override the mayor’s veto, though he added that he doubted it would come to that.

“I believe, at this point, we’ll just wait until our regular meeting,” Bowers said.

While this is Humphrey’s first time using the veto, Bowers said that this was a first for him, as well.

“This is the first veto I’ve experienced as a commissioner,” Bowers said. “But I have read up on it, and I’m pretty comfortable with the procedure.”

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