June 11, 2014 — If you don't count members of the court or the media, no one attended last Tuesday night's meeting of the Carter County Fiscal Court.
The special meeting, which was called on Monday, had three items on the agenda, which were dispensed within 15 minutes.
The Fiscal Court approved claims presented by the treasurer, opened and accepted Road Department vendor bids for the next fiscal year, and approved the annual standing order, which allows the treasurer to pay certain bills as they come in.
“I just love when we have the courtroom this full,” Magistrate Mary Ellen Greenhill said before the meeting began, indicating the empty room. “It's so peaceful and quiet and we can get things done.”
Greenhill asked a full courtroom to take more time to listen to issues before the fiscal court “and try to help instead of always degrading” during a meeting in March.
Greenhill decided not to run in November for her magisterial seat, which she inherited from her late husband Ronnie.
The next regular meeting of the Fiscal Court is scheduled for Tuesday, June 17. Although the agenda has yet to be finalized, the court will certainly be voting on the amendment of the 2013-14 budget.
Also in discussion will be the land behind the Carter County Detention Center.
The Grayson City Council has submitted an offer to purchase the land for $25,000. The land is a sore topic for many in the community.
In a recent post on the Facebook page for Carter County Citizens for a better way, Councilman Terry Stamper said:
“We have been trying to acquire the land behind the jail and ambulance station for the last four years. There is now an offer on the table from the city to the fiscal court to purchase this land to build a park. We have the backing of the Recreation Alliance with their finances pooled with ours to build this park. Now we need the community to show their support for this massive project by packing the next special meeting of the fiscal court on Tuesday, June 17, at 10 a.m. where they will decide to either accept our offer or continue leasing the land out for agriculture. I encourage everyone to show up and let them know the community wants to do something for the kids in our area!”