The Metro Lynchburg Moore County Council met at its regular meeting Monday, Jan. 22, at the American Legion lodge.
A finance committee meeting was held beforehand.
It was a routine council meeting. Some funds were shifted from one account balance to another – specifically to get a new garbage truck fully set to go, for some items that missed being appropriated during the last budget cycle; $10,000 for attorney’s fees; and for schools. These were all actions were all unanimously approved after some discussion about the particulars.
The council approved the 2019 Parks and Recreation Board members. They are Lashonda Hill, Chris Dickey, Pam Case, Martin Dixon, Amber Neal, Adam Stubblefield, Brooke Fanning and Sara Bates. Also appointed as notary public was Gale Preston and Sunya Davenport was approved as notary bond.
Clerk Nancy Hatfield brought to the attention of the council that there is a “privilege tax” on the state of Tennessee books, dating back to 1937, that requires makers of alcohol to pay a $1,000 fee to operate. It is unclear from the wording she said if it’s yearly tax or a one-time fee, and that as far as anyone knows, neither Lynchburg nor Moore County has ever collected the fee. The council decided that the city attorney should investigate further.
There was some discussion, prompted by Tommy Brown, about the whiskey barrel tax and how if or when the city should take any action to further its interests. Again, the city attorney said he would do further investigation. The next meeting of the Metro Council will be Monday, Feb. 18.