A proposal to give $1,500 to the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration to help it recruit a quarter horse show will be back on the agenda of Bedford County Board of Commissioners next month.
Last week, the commission failed to approve the allocation; it got 8 votes in favor, with one opposed, six abstaining and three absent. The commission's rules require a majority of the full commission -- 10 votes -- to pass a motion, regardless of how many are in attendance.
Commissioner Denise Graham, one of those who was absent last week, appeared Tuesday night before the commission's rules and legislative committee to ask that the motion be put back on the agenda next month, saying she wanted the chance to discuss and consider it.
The Celebration is trying aggressively to regain the quarter horse business after some years without a show here. Graham noted the economic impact of the Celebration and Calsonic Arena and said that Murfreesboro, home of Middle Tennessee State University's Tennessee Miller Coliseum, competes with Shelbyville for horse events.
Rules committee member Jimmy Woodson, who voted in favor of the motion last week, agreed, saying that while he personally doesn't enjoy horses or horse shows the community can't afford to lose the Celebration.
Rules committee member Billy King tried again to tie the donation to recruit the quarter horse show to a $1,000 donation for the existing Liberty Lions Club horse show. Woodson said that request needs to be separate and needs to go before the commission's finance committee, just as the Celebration's request did in January.
The committee voted to place the Celebration's request on the full commission's March 13 agenda.
The committee voted to recommend and place on the full commission's agenda a rezoning request for 2739 U.S. 231 North. Tracey and Desiree Martin applied for a change from A-1 (agriculture) to C-1 (commercial), in order to put a doctor's office at the site. The county planning commission has recommended the change, and rules committee members agreed that it's compatible with other nearby properties, including a doctor's office almost directly across the street.
A public hearing will be held at next month's commission meeting before the vote on rezoning.
The committee recommended approving an amendment to the interlocal agreement between Bedford County and the Bedford County Emergency Communications District. At last week's commission meeting, commissioners voted to expand the Emergency Communications District board, but commissioner Linda Yockey pointed out last week that the composition of the board is governed in part by that agreement, and therefore both sides must agree to amend that agreement.
Rules committee member Tony Barrett said the state has confirmed that the interlocal agreement needs to be changed.
Later in the evening, during the meeting of the commission's courthouse and county property committee, Yockey said that she had been asked by another commissioner about the possibility of the county charging rent to Bedford County Communications Center. Yockey asked that county finance director Robert Daniel prepare a report on what properties the county currently rents to other agencies or parties, and how much rent is charged.