Commission re-elects Martin as Chair, Epps becomes Vice Chair

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By Toni Stauffer

The Russell County Commission meeting on Nov. 28 was short. There were no proclamations, resolutions, or discussion items. There was, however, an election of the Commission Chair and Vice Chair. Commissioner and Chair Peggy Martin (Dist. 3) was re-elected as Chair, and Commissioner Cattie Epps of District 5 received the majority vote for the Vice Chair position. Commissioner Gentry Lee (Dist. 1) and Commissioner Chance Corbett (Dist. 6) voted for Corbett to be Vice Chair. Commissioner Carl Currington (Dist. 2) and Commissioner Larry Screws (Dist. 7) were not present for the vote. Normally, the vote is held on Nov. 1 but was pushed back due to the general election.

In other news, New Year’s Eve has been designated as a County holiday. And in observance of the 2019 Severe Weather Preparedness holiday, the County has set a tax exemption for Feb. 22-24 for emergency expenditures. So, if you need a weather radio, or other weather preparedness supplies, you’ll get a tax break on those days.

Last, the old radio tower on Prentiss Drive is to be sold in a closed bid, which will include its removal. A legal advertisement in The Citizen will announce the bid.