By Max Hrenda
After the state voted in favor of reassigning powers within the county’s government, local officials are now waiting for the bill’s return to Carter County.
Tennessee’s House of Representatives and Senate unanimously voted last week to approve a private act that would transfer supervision of the Carter County Landfill from the county mayor’s office to the county’s Landfill Committee.
Once the act has been signed by Gov. Bill Haslam, it will return to be voted on by the County Commission. If it is approved, it will officially become law.
While the resolution will need to be approved again, in the past, the will of the commission has shone favorably on it.
When it was introduced at the Jan. 22 meeting, it was approved by a vote of 17-5. Then, at the Feb. 19 commission meeting, it was approved again, this time by a vote of 13-7, after County Mayor Leon Humphrey vetoed the resolution.
“I did the initial veto to give the commissioners an opportunity to rethink their actions,” Humphrey said. “I wanted them to think about the precedent they were setting. You cannot manage effectively by committee.”