After hearing from a representative of American Tower and several residents opposed to and one resident in favor of the tower, BOC members failed to make a motion to consider the company’s request. The issue was then tabled until the next meeting.
Planning and Development Director David Allen addressed the board with regard to the zoning map, which was approved unanimously, with praise for the time and effort Allen and his staff have committed to this project.
In new business, sealed bids for the Pike County Computer Aided Dispatch and Geographic Information System were revealed. With Motorolla declining to bid on the project, two offers were received, one from AT&T and the second from GeoConex. No action was taken on the matter, as the information was provided to Pike E-911 Director Darlene Smith for her perusal. Smith will report to the BOC at a later meeting.
Also on Tuesday night’s agenda was a measure to discuss the possible authorization of a request for proposals (RFP) for county attorney services. However, Commissioner Parrish Swift said he was not certain that would be the wisest budgetary decision.
Swift said he had researched the cost other counties incur for such legal services and outlined the duties currently being provided by County Attorney Rob Morton.
“For the services he provides right now, it would cost us $165,000, to include litigation,” Swift said, adding that legal services now cost Pike County approximately $89,000 annually. “Do we want to go ahead with the RFP with the costs involved?”
After the issue was discussed, members voted 4-0 in favor of not following through with the RFP, but rather continuing to retain Morton’s services.