Doug Hoskins was set to be sworn into office as the new Bell County 109 Board member, but the lack of a county clerk prevented it from happening.
The Bell Fiscal Court had to cancel its meeting without approving the appointment, an action the court must take before he can take his seat on the board.
The court’s meeting was canceled because there was no one present from the clerk’s office to take the required minutes. The clerk was arrested last week, along with three of her deputy clerks.
Hoskins will be sworn in at a future 109 Board meeting.
James Hoskins gave a report for the recycling center during the meeting as well. He said he had been approached by a couple of residents in Cumberland Gap and a few Lincoln Memorial University students regarding trailers being placed at their respective locations. The board plans to explore those two ideas.
Every school in the Middlesboro School District now has a recycling trailer, according to James Hoskins. Recently, a large green trailer was placed at Middlesboro High School.
James Hoskins said there is a new recycling trailer behind the strip mall across from Walmart. He said each business, besides I-Rent, is using the trailer to place their discarded cardboard. He also said there are two open top trailers at Burger King and Sonic which have been emptied four times in two weeks.
The tax rate was set at .034 cents per $100 of assessed value during the meeting. A hearing was held on Sept. 11.
Board chairman Kirby Smith said no one from the public showed up at the hearing to present comments on the tax rate.
Other business taken care of at the meeting included:
* Approval of minutes from a previous meeting;
* Approval of financial statement for August, September and October.
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