Goodyear offers shooting range to county

Goodyear offers shooting range to county
By CHRIS MENEES
Staff Reporter
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. has offered to give Obion County about 50 acres which comprise a shooting range located near the company’s former Union City plant.
The Obion County Com-mission voted 20-0 at its session this morning to adopt a resolution for the land transfer.
Obion County Mayor Benny McGuire said Good-year is willing to give the county the land on the west side of the road where the shooting range is located. The shooting range has been used by local law enforcement agencies for many years.
McGuire said the county has been fortunate to have use of the shooting range over the years and the recent offer from Goodyear is “a great gesture” for the community.
County attorney Steve Conley said the county will accept some liability with the transfer, such as any cleanup of lead or other hazardous materials on the shooting range, but it was noted there are no known hazards.
McGuire said the reso-lution is the first step in the process to officially obtain the land.
Goodyear’s Union City plant officially shut down July 11, 2011, and the former Goodyear plant was purchased by Titan Tire Corp. in November 2011.
In other action during this morning’s meeting, opened with prayer led by Obion First Baptist Church pastor the Rev. Michael Julian and with the Pledge of Allegiance, the county commission:
• Approved by a 17-3 vote a resolution requiring minimum record retention requirements for hotels and motels in Tennessee —  which will significantly impact law enforcement officers in cases where time is critical, such as child abductions.
The resolution pertains to getting more detailed personal and vehicle information when guests check into motels and it strongly urges the state legislature to amend existing statutes to do so.
Commissioner Terry Dwyer said some constituents have expressed concerns about their privacy and commissioner Tim Doyle questioned whether it is another example of “big brother” keeping tabs on citizens. Obion County Sheriff Jerry Vastbinder said it is basically connected to homeland security but will also be a valuable tool for law enforcement in investigating a variety of crimes.
Doyle, Dwyer and commissioner Polk Glover voted against the resolution.
• Accepted a financial report for the Indigent Care Trust Fund and a report from the Obion County Finance Committee.
• Accepted a report on the debt obligation regarding an airport note, which McGuire termed “a housekeeping item.”
• Learned resumés are being accepted and interviews will be scheduled to replace Chuck Ashley as the county’s veterans service officer. Ashley, who is retiring, will be recognized by the commission at its January session.
• Approved the reappointment of Dr. Chris Gooch and the new appointment of Stoney Orton to the airport board and the reappointment of Joyce Taylor to the civil service board. Orton replaces David James, who no longer wished to serve on the airport board.
• Approved nine notary public applications.
• Congratulated commissioner Danny Jowers on being elected 2012-13 president of the Tennessee County Commissioners Association.
• Learned the next meeting of the Northwest Tennessee Regional Port Authority will be held in Union City at the Obion County Public Library at 9 a.m. Dec. 12.
• Was reminded the commission will not meet in December and the next meeting will be in January.
Commissioner Ned Bigelow was absent from today’s 9 a.m. commission meeting.
Staff Reporter Chris Menees may be contacted by email at cmenees@ucmessenger.com. Published in The Messenger 11.19.12

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