Commissioners discuss budget, audit

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County commissioners met Monday, March 16 to discuss county business including the budget, audit, COVID-19, and an upcoming project.

Lake County Mayor Denny Johnson and commissioners spoke about issues associated with COVID-19. In-person court hearings have been suspended through the rest of March to comply with state and federal guidelines discouraging large gatherings.

EMA Director Jack Mauldin told commissioners that EMS staff has been asked to wear facemasks any time they make calls to a nursing home. However, there is a shortage of facemasks for health professionals.

Superintendent Sherry Darnell also spoke at the meeting. Following an advisory from Governor Lee regarding school closings, Lake County Schools will remain closed until April 1. The school district is currently on spring break, but beginning next week schools will provide meals to students in need twice per day. Their plan is currently to have a drive-through at Lara Kendall Elementary and Lake County High School. The school board will finalize plans and announce them later this week.

Local senior centers have also suspended congregate meals for the time being. Senior centers plan to make pick-up meals available to seniors during this time.

Mayor Johnson announced that the county audit is underway. The mayor told commissioners that the auditor says the county is solvent.

Commissioners began reviewing amendments to the county budget. Budget discussions will continue in June.

County committee appointments were also made during the meeting. They are as follows:

•Chairman: Denny Johnson

•ProTem: Jimmy Yates

•Beer Board: Wayne Hatley, Jimmy Yates, and Danny Tippit

•Jail Committee: Joyce McCoy, Mallory Berry, and Tim Windsor

•Audit Committee: Albert Markham, Robert Mathis, and Mack Forrester

•Incinerator Committee: Wayne Hatley, Terry Pierce, and Don Moore

•EMS Committee: John Parker Dean, Tim Windsor, and Terry Pierce

•Budget Committee: Wayne Hatley, Jimmy Yates, Tim Windsor, and Joyce McCoy.

Before adjourning, Mayor Johnson announced a major project coming to Lake County. The $250 million project has been signed but will not be announced until a later date.

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