Rubber It Is

Well, the drama is all over. After six separate votes by two different elected boards, Loudon County school officials finally got their $57,000.00 rubber surface for their new running track at Loudon High School. 

At Monday's special called commission meeting, just for voting on the rubber track, for the second time, a majority of commissioners, 7-3, voted to spend the extra 57k the a majority of the school board had asked for. Two weeks ago the same county commission voted down the request by a vote of 6-4. Not sure what changed in two weeks. Voting yes this time were commissioners David Meers, Brian Jenkins, Bob Franke, Harold Duff, Steve Harrelson, Sharon Yarbrough and Don Miller. Sticking to their no votes were commissioners Earlena Maples, Austin Shaver and Roy Bledsoe. 

The total cost for the new asphalt/rubberized track is now in excess of $303,000.00.

Over the course of the rubber track saga at least seven elected officials have flip flopped their vote from no to yes for no particular reason. In the world of politics this is called rubber legging. I guess it's appropriate that elected officials would rubber leg on the  rubber track.