Rutherford County will have a household hazardous waste collection day soon, and county workers could possibly start carrying firearms in some cases.
The County Commission approved spending up to $50,000 on the household hazardous waste collection event during a meeting Thursday and also formed an ad hoc committee to study the use of concealed carry by employees.
Commissioner Steve Pearcy said it is not possible to know what the waste collection cost will be since that will depend on how many items are turned in, which will in turn affect the county’s disposal costs. Pearcy wanted the county to take on this event since the state, which has paid for the twice-a-year events, has cancelled them for now. Pearcy estimated it may cost $20,000 to $30,000.
The event would be open only to Rutherford County households and not businesses.
Pearcy’s resolution, from the Budget, Finance & Investment Committee, originally called for the collection of a “gate fee,” which the commissioner said would not fund the entire event, but could help “break the ice” for the day when residents will have to pay for garbage disposal.
After discussion by commissioners, Pearcy changed his motion to exclude a gate fee.
In other business, the commission formed a committee to study the possibility of county workers carrying a firearm if they have a state-issued concealed carry permit. If allowed, the employees still would have to follow state laws such as being restricted from certain buildings like schools, unless he or she is a police officer.
The committee will consist of the sheriff; risk management director; human resources director; chairman of the Steering, Legislative & Governmental Committee; chairman of the Public Safety Committee; and public safety director.
There was discussion that the committee may take a couple of months to issue a report to the commission.
Also, after much debate, the commission approved $5.3 million in an upcoming bond issue for a long-debated multi-use building to be located on Fortress Boulevard at Blaze Drive. Current plans call for the “One Stop” building to serve as a second location for the county clerk, who reportedly is in dire need of extra space, as well as a self-serve kiosk for people to renew their driver’s licenses.
There will be additional space that for now is not designated for anyone, but there may be additional county departments interested in the building.
The county has a memorandum of understanding with the City of Murfreesboro, which owns the site, to lease the land for $1 per year for 50 years, Mayor Bill Ketron said. The building still must be designed.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol and the Tennessee driver’s license center had planned to move from their overcrowded location near Middle Tennessee Boulevard to One Stop, but that deal fell through, Ketron said.
Commissioners also voted 18-2 to confirm Ketron as commission chairman for the coming year, a role in which he has been serving already. Joe Frank Jernigan was absent. Voting no were Rhonda Allen and Robert Stevens.
Also, Rod Key was sworn in as the District 19 commissioner after winning the election in August.