25k Request Planning
|After pretty well breaking the
bank, i.e. spending all the money of the Loudon County Planning
department, it appears that funding Russ Newman may again be at the
center of yet another controversy.
You will recall earlier this year, Lenoir City officials pulled out of the three way planning office opting rather to handle their own planning needs. At about the same time, it was discovered that the planning office under Newman's direction had run deeply into the red.
Loudon County Mayor Doyle Arp rewarded Newman's fiscal irresponsibility by bringing him on board as a county employee and making him the new director of not only county planning but also building and codes enforcement and kept him at his former salary of $67,000.00.
Now at the last county commission meeting, commissioners voted to request $25,000.00 from the city of Loudon for Newman to continue to perform planning services for the city of Loudon. Problem is at a recent Loudon City Council meeting, several council members balked at the idea of giving $25,000.00 for Newman's services. Loudon City Councilman, Gene Lambert said. "I don't think we should pay that extra money. Maybe $1,000 or $2,000 more, but not $25,000."
Loudon has been paying around $12,000.00 annually for planning services and according to the story below they don't intend to pay much more. Time will tell.
City of Loudon leaders look to resolve planning services issue
Vicky Newman News Herald
Many questions remain unanswered as the city of Loudon looks toward a new fiscal year. Who will accept site plans and bring recommendations to the Planning and Zoning Commission? Who will ensure construction projects meet the necessary requirements?
Instead of scrambling to establish an in-house planning office, or contracting with the state of Tennessee for planning services, the City of Loudon may seek to contract with Loudon County for continued planning services.