LCUB Public Notice
According to the notice above, there should be a meeting at 1:00 today (Friday). But according to sources Lenoir City Mayor Matt Brookshire has called for the meeting to be canceled but some board members have refused the mayor's request.
The contention stems from some members of council/LCUB Power Board wanting the called meeting to appoint members to the newly reinstated budget, salary and personnel committees and to discuss the future of the LCUB General Manager's position.
It's no longer a secret that a strong move is on by some members of the board to appoint Brookshire to the general manager's position. But this has raised major concerns among other members as to Brookshire's qualifications to replace his father-in-law in that position.
Last week by a one vote majority, the LCUB Power Board voted to reinstate the budget, salary and personnel committees. These committees were terminated shortly after Fred Nelson was appointed as LCUB general manager. Brookshire was opposed.
The Lenoir City Charter Article IV section 6 states:
The charter clearly gives two or more councilmen the authority to call a meeting with or without the mayor's consent.
A lot of political maneuvering is underway, some good some bad. This meeting has the making of the political shoot out at the OK Corral.
LCUB members reinstate committees
Tammy Cheek News Herald
Whether to reinstate committees to oversee aspects of Lenoir City Utilities Board resulted in debates between some board members during Monday's board meeting.
Before that vote, Mayor Matt Brookshire argued, in his opinion, the authority to hire personnel and control salary should not be a function of the board. "The function of the board should be to sit back and provide leadership on policy, where the board wants to go in the future and how the company can best serve its rate payers," Brookshire said. "The last thing you want to do is put in the hands of elected officials the right to hire and the right to control salaries in political positions." "That's for the safety of the elected officials, as well as those who are being considered for salary adjustments or for hiring," he said. "Both of those things should be as objective as they possibly can, and it's hard for anyone to be objective when you are in an elected position and have the opportunity to affect salaries or hiring's. That is just a difficult position for both parties." "Mayor, that worked for 65 years before this system," Simpson interjected. "I guess there's some argument whether it worked or didn't work," Brookshire replied. "What most people think about in the community is how you get a job at LCUB. It's who you know."