Commission to consider rezoning, Voter Confidence Act

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Bedford County Board of Commissioners will consider a rezoning for the proposed Dollar General Store in Deason and a resolution asking the state to delay implementing the Voter Confidence Act.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the second floor courtroom at the county courthouse.

The site owned by Roger Smith in Deason is proposed for a rezoning from A-1 (agriculture) to C-1 (commercial) in order that a Dollar General store can be built there. Bedford County Planning Commission had already approved the rezoning and had also voted to grant a variance so that septic field lines from the store site can be run onto the adjoining property owned by Smith.

The Tennessee Voter Confidence Act, passed in 2008, requires that counties in the state begin using voting machines which would create a paper trail system for use in recounts and disputed elections. But Obion County is circulating a model resolution asking the state to delay implementation of the act. The model resolution states that "the equipment mandated by the Act is not available for sale anywhere in the United States." Bedford County commissioners will consider approving Obion County's suggested resolution.

Actually, according to Bedford County Administrator of Elections Summer Leverette, the problem is that a state board created in 2005 to certify voting machines hasn't yet approved any models which would meet the act's requirement.

Leverette has told the commission in the past that the paper trail machines will substantially increase the cost of running local elections.

In other agenda items for tonight's meeting:

The commission will consider a resolution to allocate money purchase a new central heating and air conditioning system for Argie Cooper Public Library. The $6,720 allocation had already been approved in principle, but state law requires a formal resolution whenever the county gives money to a non-profit agency.

The commission will consider writing off Bedford County Emergency Medical Services' bad debts in the amount of $8,700.