Planning Commission director asks Lenoir City leaders for payment
Tammy Cheek News herald
Lenoir City Council members voted unanimously to authorize paying $10,600 to the Loudon County Planning Commission in installments Monday night.
The city’s agreement with the Planning Commission obligates them to pay the money, though it has typically been paid in June.
county planning director, requested the money be paid earlier
because of the office’s “current revenue situation,” in a letter
to the Lenoir City Council.
Bobby Johnson Sr. made the motion, seconded by Council member Douglas “Buddy” Hines, the city pay for January through March and then let the office bill the city each additional month. That would be $5,300 now for the third quarter then the remainder paid month by month through the fourth quarter, ending in June.
“I hate to pay somebody who hasn’t done the work yet,” Johnson Sr. added. “I think that’s fair. We’re paying what we owe him.”
“The project is one of the required components of the city’s storm water program,” Newman wrote. “As a result, we need the city to remit funding currently budgeted for the program. The budget amount is $12,500.
“Additionally, due to our current revenue situation, we need the city to remit the balance of the planning office program funds for the year as soon as possible,” the planner said. “The amount is $10,600. Please remit all funds to the Loudon County Finance Department.”
“As you know the office is funded $21,200 a year,” Hurst said. “The city has remitted one half of that amount, representing July through December. We’re almost in fourth quarter now, and he’s asking for consideration of remitting the remaining amount of $10,600 (for this fiscal year). “The finance committee didn’t have a specific recommendation,” Hurst added. “It’s my understanding, the City of Loudon has forwarded theirs in full, and Loudoun County has forwarded theirs in full,” Hurst said. “And, as the memo indicated, he (Newman) said he is having some revenue situation — I presume that’s a problem — and he’s asking for it to be remitted.”
The three months would come to half of the requested amount.
“Well, we don’t have the service of the work for the last three months,” Johnson Sr. replied. “How do we know we are going to get it? Loudon paid off. How do they know they are going to get the service out of it? Of course, I don’t think Russ would do anything,” he quickly added.
“We have an agreement with him for that service for that fiscal year,” Brookshire said. “They’re obligated. Not only are we obligated to get the money to them at some point — whether we do it at the end or not — but they are obligated to provide the service.”
working with Russ over the past 10 or 12 years, I have every
confidence Russ Newman’s going to fulfill,” Hurst said.
Johnson Sr. asked why is Newman asking for additional funds.
Hurst noted during a recent council workshop, Newman was asked if he would need additional money, at that time Newman said he didn’t know.