(01/10/2006)
The Calhoun Commission is looking at the possibility of purchasing the Khoury Building in Grantsville for use by the Family Court System, the lease to be paid by the State Supreme Court.

The building is currently owned by Calhoun Banks and is for sale.

The court will be requiring the owner to renovate the first floor to their specifications.

Commission president Larry McCallister said the county has certain obligations to see that space is provided for the court system.

He advised the commission that a $9,200 overdue payment from the Supreme Court for earlier renovations in the court house had been received.

McCallister said the county would consider entering into a business partnership with the Supreme Court if it benefited the county.

He appointed Commissioner Weaver to prepare a study of the financial issues.

Sheriff Carl Ballengee reported that long-time employee Linda Sampson, a tax deputy since 1978, is retiring at the end of January and asked the commission if they could re-allocate space in the courthouse to house prisoners during court.

Ballengee reported that Deputy Ron Bandy continues on sick-leave, reportedly related to injuries he received on the job.

McCallister was selected to preside over the commission during 2006.

A contractor who will be building a new radio tower at the 911 center at Mt. Zion is attempting to locate a cell-phone provider on the tower, possibly extending its height beyond 180 feet.

County Clerk Richard Kirby advised the commission he will be appointing ballot commissioners for the 2006 elections. He will be attending additional training regarding touch-screen voting, and plans to take the machines to different parts of the county to answer questions about their use.

LKADC Director Diane Ludwig said she has been providing loan assistance to several area businesses that are investing in the community.

The commission set the dates for the Board of Equalization and Review for February.

Ten picnic tables have been delivered to Wayne Underwood Field, which will be located under the new shelters and available for public use. The tables were constructed as an Eagle Scout project of Richard Mace.

A grant is being submitted for replacement of courthouse windows.

Carolyn Lane was appointed to serve on the EMS Board.

Bob Weaver was appointed to serve on the Bel-Mar senior citizen's board.

Larry McCallister will continue serving with the Workforce Investment Corporation.

The commission voted to purchase a $350 ad in a tourism publication being issued by the Calhoun Chronicle.


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