Commission says goodbye to Malone

Commission says goodbye to Malone
Weakley County Commis-sioners began their quarterly meeting Monday evening by observing a moment of silence for a fellow board member who passed last week. District 6 Commissioner and retired pastor Rev. Don Malone was laid to rest Saturday at East Side Cemetery. There has not been a recommendation made to fill the vacant seat in District 6 left by Malone. During discussion Monday evening, county commissioners passed two resolutions centered toward inmates of the Weakley County Detention Center. The first resolution authorizes the jail to charge inmates for items issued upon each new admission to the jail including hygiene and clothing items. The charges cannot, under the terms of the resolution, exceed the actual costs of the items. The monetary amounts of the items can be deducted by the jail administrator out of an inmate’s jail trust account or any other account established by or for the inmate while incarcerated. A second resolution authorizes the Weakley County Detention Center to collect an additional $10 for booking and processing of each person subject to arrest or summons. The fee will not be charged to any person determined by the court to be indigent. The board of commissioners passed both resolutions during Monday’s meeting. In budget amendment news, a resolution was passed authorizing an amendment to the General Purpose School Fund to cover costs at Westview High School. According to the resolution, line item adjustments were needed in the amount of $80,000 to pay for legal expenses incurred during recent temporary injunction hearings against the school’s operation due to mold growth inside of the public school. An additional $220,000 was needed to cover the cost of cleaning and replacing pipe insulation at Westview High School. The Weakley County School Nutrition program has experienced a participation increase of student lunches and breakfasts across the county. A budget amendment showing the increases in costs for lunches and breakfasts was authorized by the commission, as well as decreases in equipment and office supplies. In other resolution news, the board passed the following resolutions: • A resolution authorizing a budget amendment to the General Fund for a reimbursement from the State of $36,725.22 for the expense of the Presidential Preference primary; • A resolution allowing a transfer of $65,000 in funds for the Highway Department due to price increases of products and more expenditures than anticipated; • A resolution authorizing to Weakley County mayor Houston Patrick to apply for a state Litter and Trash Collecting Grant for the county’s highway fund. The resolution also authorizes the execute contracts or other necessary documents to accept the grant if it is awarded. The board will meet again at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, June 23 to discuss the upcoming fiscal year budget.

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