An unsafe position at the southwest corner of the courthouse lawn -- not intended as a parking space, but not clearly striped to prevent parking -- will be marked, and the city will begin ticketing those who park there, according to discussion at Tuesday night's meeting of Bedford County Board of Commissioners' courthouse and property committee.
The city parking officer told County Mayor Eugene Ray that the site is unsafe, with poor visibility for anyone backing out into traffic. But it hasn't, up to this point, been clearly striped or marked to prohibit parking.
One possible solution that has been mentioned to the county's current jail overcrowding problem is the use of house arrest, with ankle monitoring bracelets, for certain types of offenders.
But Sheriff Randall Boyce told the commission's law enforcement committee that at least one local judge flatly refuses to use the bracelets in sentencing prisoners, due to concern about liability if a convict should commit some crime while out of direct supervision.
Veterans Service Officer has, as suggested during last week's county commission meeting, begun researching the cost of buying a new vehicle for transporting veterans. The current van is unreliable; its replacement might actually be a sport utility vehicle or large car, based on the small numbers of veterans transported at any given time.
County finance director Robert Daniel said the school system recently bought a hail-damaged van for an extremely low price from state surplus, but Warren said he was not satisfied with any of the vehicles he'd seen at state surplus.
The request for a new vehicle will be included in preparations for the 2013-2014 budget which will take effect July 1, 2013.
The commission's law enforcement committee gave a favorable recommendation to a new position for the county probation office. The position will handle routine office work, allowing the existing probation officers to focus more on their responsibilities.
Money for the position will have to come from the county's undesignated fund balance; county finance director Robert Daniel confirmed probation director Rory Griffy's claim that the department's budget was too tight to squeeze out any additional funds.
Committee discussion suggested that the new position needs to be in line with a recently-developed salary scale for county positions. But it turns out that the position has, in fact, already been filled, and so it's too late to make any immediate adjustments to the salary. No one was immediately certain how the salary at which the position has been filled compared to the salary scale.
The salary may be reviewed in next year's budget process if it is dramatically out of line, in either direction, from that scale.
The commission's rules and legislative committee placed a 1st District vacancy on Bedford County Planning Commission on the full commission's Dec. 11 agenda. Ray said he hopes to have a nomination for the seat by that time.