November 5th , 2013 11:00 am Leave a comment

Being there: Debate ends with vote on 2002 policy

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Commissioner Charles Von Cannon’s concern over fellow commissioners’ attendance turned into a full debate Monday night and ended with a vote to continue following guidelines set in 2002.

Carter County citizens observe Commissioner Charles Von Cannon and Deputy Clerk Patsy Lewis fact check the number of absences Commissioner Scott Sams had during budget talks earlier this year.

Photo by Kayla Carter
Carter County citizens stay after the meeting adjourned to observe Commissioner Charles Von Cannon and Deputy Clerk Patsy Lewis fact check the number of absences Commissioner Scott Sams had during budget talks earlier this year.

Von Cannon had raised the issue at the October Carter County Commission meeting and was asked to take his research and concerns about commissioner attendance and adherence to rules before the Rules and By-laws Committee.

Von Cannon presented information to the committee Monday stemming from his research into commissioners Sonja Culler and Russell Kyte’s removal of Commissioner Scott Sams from the Budget Committee earlier this year.

He also brought up Kyte’s voluntary resignation from the four committees — Health and Welfare, Law Enforcement, Building and Grounds and Rules and By-laws — scheduled to meet Monday night.

“You’ve got a void here tonight on your committees,” Von Cannon said.

Von Cannon said Kyte’s reasoning for stepping down from the committees was that his “constituents are being shortchanged.” He also said there was an inconsistency between Kyte’s response and Culler’s reasoning for removing Sams for concern regarding representation of the 7th district.

Von Cannon asked the committee to look into creating a time limit for commissioners or appointed members to serve on committees.

“Let’s be fair as commissioners to each other,” Von Cannon said. “We’ve got problems here. If we are going to punish one person … I recommend that this be rescinded and Mr. Sams be placed back on the committee.”

Debate erupted during the meeting over the number of meetings Sams missed during budget talks.

County Commissioner Ken Arney suggested Von Cannon did not conduct his research properly regarding Sams’ attendance.

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