By PJ Martin
The Edmonton/Metcalfe Industrial Development Authority (IDEA) held a special called meeting on December 19th. Judge/Executive Larry Wilson arrived late and Matt Gallagher was absent.
The meeting minutes from November 27th were approved with no amendments.
At the last meeting the question of bylaws was asked, do they exist and where can we get a copy? Chairperson Lisa Boswell advised that Sharon Howard’s office is sure they have them, but have not produced a copy of them yet. Barry Gilley, who was involved in the formation of the authority, turned all the documents in his possession over to the previous secretary Vickie Stephens. That box of records was then later presented to the Treasurer Alley Bragg at City Hall. A copy of the bylaws was not in those records.
“I will give it one more month to see if somebody is forthcoming, if not, I truly believe that next month we’ve gonna have to make a set of bylaws,” stated Boswell.
Mayor Doug Smith agreed, “We need bylaws.”
“It’s hard to believe. They’re around here somewhere,” noted Jerry Garmon
Options were discussed of using other Industrial Authority bylaws as a reference and adjust according to the Metcalfe Authority’s needs to create an addendum to the original set. Other ideas were tossed around as to who could locate a copy of the original by-laws and who would procure another county’s to use as a template.
Carol Perkins has been communicating with the Bowling Green office of the EPA over air quality concerning the airborne sawdust from the stave factory. She actually visited Chairperson Boswell who then contacted the EPA Agent herself for clarification on the matter.
The EPA Agent told Boswell that he had visited Pennington Stave Company and had given Chad a date of January 16th to have the sawdust conveyor modified to remedy the situation. The Agent will return on the designated date and, “either they’ll take care of it before then or they’ll get fined and then they’ll take care of it. That’s what the EPA guy said,” shared Boswell.
“…to get the building up, and running, and passing all the codes and everything, it had to, somebody at the higher level had to sign off on it. So where’s the dust coming from,” asked Donna Caffee to which Smith explained that PSC has a vacuum system to prevent the workers from breathing sawdust and it moves the sawdust outside.
Caffee’s question was important. How did the inspectors sign off that the plant’s system was okay if it was not on par with the EPA’s air quality standards?
Judge/Executive Larry Wilson arrived and advised that Carol Perkins had a photo of a system being used at another location which would solve the sawdust problem. Wilson relayed that he had spoken with Chad Pennington. “You’ve gotta give him time, he said he had something ordered,” said Wilson.
Boswell recapped the procedures followed with the TVA/RDAPP money received by Metcalfe County Fiscal Court. “I wasn’t here when this whole thing was put together, but wasn’t the agreement that the money was supposed to come back to pay this down (loans)?”
Bragg replied, “The fiscal court has to designate it each year. They make a resolution.”
No decision has been made as yet by the fiscal court who can transfer it over to the Industrial Authority or put it ‘on a shelf’ to hold it for other things. The fiscal court has previously discussed using the funds for sidewalks in Center; however, that is infrastructure and the funds can only be used for economic development endeavors. It was decided that Boswell would attend the next fiscal court meeting to ask for the TVA/RDAPP funds.
The meeting dates for 2024 were set as follows January 22nd, February 26th, March 18th, April 15th, May 20th, June 17th, July 15th, August 19th, September 16th, October 21st, November 18th, and December 16th.