Moriah Peterson, story and photos:
District 6 Magistrate James Vincent led a discussion for changing the meeting time of Fiscal Court to 3pm instead of 9am at the Monday March 25, 2019 meeting.
Before the discussion could be held a motion had to be made. Magistrate Vincent made the motion and Magistrate Mark Meeks seconded the motion so the court could discuss options.
District 4 Magistrate Edd Rich voiced his concerns with 3pm meetings interfering with County Road Foreman Greg Carroll’s work schedule with the Road Department. Treasurer Tammi Willhite stated that a 3pm meeting would cause her to be a full day behind when paying county bills. She also mentioned 3pm meetings would interfere with school pickups for anyone who attends Fiscal Court.
The court then discussed holding Fiscal Court meetings at 3pm on Fridays. Several concerns about employee overtime were mentioned during the discussion.
After all concerns were addressed, the court held a vote to change the day and time of Fiscal Court meetings to 3pm on Fridays. District 3 Magistrate Clark Wood, District 4 Magistrate Edd Rich, and District 5 Magistrate Johnny Brooks all voted against the time and day change. District 1 Magistrate Mark Meeks voted yes to the change, along with District 2 Magistrate Corey VanMeter, and District 6 Magistrate James Vincent.
Judge Executive Wil Cannon broke the 3-3 tie by voting no. Cannon stated that in order for him to vote yes to the change in the day and time of Fiscal Court meetings, the amount of magistrates voting yes would need to be greater than half.
Fiscal Court meeting will remain on Mondays at 9am in the upstairs court room.