Commissioners select Jay Phipps to fill District 8 slot

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A McKenzie man was selected to fill the vacancy of former District 8 commissioner  Brian Winston who moved from the district.

Jay Phipps, a 20-year resident of McKenzie, who owns Phipps Pharmacy in McKenzie, Huntingdon and Jackson, will fill the slot for two years. The position will be up for election in 2022. Commissioner John Austin placed Phipps’ name in nomination.

County Mayor Joseph Butler swore in Phipps who joined the other commissioners for the night’s meeting. Commissioners Willie Huffman and Darrell Ridgely passed on Phipps nomination.

Absent for the night’s meeting were Lori Nolan, Paula Watkins and Gerald Scarborough.

A security system for the Highway Department was purchased from S & S Alarm Services of Lavinia. The county mayor said the highway department was broken into at the end of the year with some expensive items stolen.

Butler had high praise for the Carroll County Health Department for doing an incredible job of administering COVID-19 immunizations recently.

“They have done an incredible job,” he said.

He noted that Carroll and Henry County Health Departments were two of state’s counties that had administered the highest numbers of vaccinations.

Notaries elected included: Greg Blackburn, Michelle Denise Gateley, Alexander David Hamilton, T. Herndon, Donald Ricketts, Justin Dallas Sanders and Steven Scott.

.Jan Ostiguy addressed commissioners on the wheel tax concerning the Carroll County 1,000 Acre Recreational Lake. See nearby story.

In other business, commissioners passed the following resolutions.

•A resolution to authorize retiring Sheriff’s Deputy Terry Dickey to retain his service weapon. Dickey, who is moving out of the state, has served with the Sheriff’s Department for over 26 years, most recently as school resource officer (SRO) at Clarksburg School. Commissioner Johnny Blount ask that his name or the years of service be engraved on the gun.

•A resolution to submit application for a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) of up to $420,000 for the purchase of emergency protective and fire prevention equipment for the Carroll County Fire Department. The grant will require 10 percent in matching funds for the project cost.

•A resolution to reappoint Willie Huffman, Sheriff Andy Dickson, Roger Christian, and Steve Price to the Carroll County E911 Board of Directors with terms ending in Jan., 2025.

•A resolution to reappoint Mike Cary, Jeruna Cozart, Anna Todd, and Susan Sloan to the Carroll County Health and Educational Facilities Board with terms ending in Jan., 2025.

•A resolution to reappoint John Austin to the Carroll County Airport Board with the term ending in Jan., 2025.

•A resolution to appoint Steve Russell and Luis Salazar to the Carroll County Airport Board with terms ending in Jan., 2025.

•A resolution to reappoint Andrea Browning to the Carroll County Industrial Development Board with term ending in Jan., 2025.

•A resolution to accept $126,090 in CARES Act funding received from the state to be deposited into a revenue account. A total of $420,000 in funding has been approved for county for emergency communications equipment and COVID-related payroll and expense reimbursements for county employees.

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