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Council votes to appoint new councilman following Adams’ resignation

Posted on Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 11:37 am

By David Knox

The Metropolitan Lynchburg Moore County Council met Monday night at the Lynchburg Legion Building for its March meeting.

Councilman Shawn Adams of the Fourth District has resigned and the council voted to have an appointment made to replace him. His seat is up for election in the general election in August. Prospective names will be brought before the council at its April meeting and the council will then vote on someone to replace Adams until the Aug. 6 election. No reason was given for Adams’ resignation, and he was not present at the meeting.

In other news, Mayor Bonnie Lewis got approval to contact with Duck River EMC to upgrade the county street lights from old bulbs to LED lights. This has no initial cost to the county and no labor or maintenance charges. Lewis said there will be an energy savings of 35 percent reduction in the cost of electricity.

In other news, Sheriff Tyler Hatfield reported on jail alterations, including fixing an expensive water leak and converting storage space into a jail cell. Money used for the projects will be coming out of a reserve account.

EMA Director Jason Deal reported on the preparedness of the county in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Deal said he and other officials stay in contact with Tennessee Department of Health officials on a regular basis. There are 52 cases in the state, Deal said, but none in the region or in neighboring counties. Residents are encouraged to follow the Moore County Facebook page for information. Deal also asked the public to notify the county if there are residents with unmet needs.

Councilman Wayne Hawkins passed out a letter printed in The Moore County News from Charles Rogers regarding the Jack Daniels barrel tax. Hawkins asked the council to read the letter and do research on the subject and be ready to have a good discussion at the April meeting.

The Oak Barrel Half Marathon received approval to change its date to Oct. 24. It was scheduled for April but has been postponed due to the pandemic.