Clark will chair final commission meeting Monday

By Thomas Wilson

   The Carter County Commission will bid farewell to long-time County Executive Truman Clark when the five-term county administrator bangs his gavel for the final time at Monday's commission meeting.
   The meeting will also be the final commission meeting for commissioners Teddy Weaver and Don Treadway, who are not seeking re-election. Commissioner Brad Green also did not run for re-election in the 6th District, opting instead to become the next county executive.
   Clark was elected to the County Executive's office in 1982. He served as a county commissioner from 1976 to 1982 when he was elected county executive.
   He has been a member of the Tennessee Advisory Committee on Intergovernmental Relations (TACIR) longer than any other member except State Sen. Robert Rochelle. He has also served on the state's Solid Waste Board.
   The commission may also consider voting to exercise an extension of the county's contract with Baxter-Ferris Industries for solid waste disposal.
   The contract would take effect in 2004, and features a reduced per ton waste collection fee during the contract's next five years. The Sanitation Committee voted last week to approve the extended contract, which would lower the 2004-2009 fee rate to $23.25 per ton -- representing a savings of around $90,000 to the county over five years.
   The county commission voted to approve a 10-year contract with BFI for solid waste collection in February 1999 with $20.99 per ton of garbage plus a $7.99 transportation fee.
   The contract also includes a provision allowing the county or BFI to opt out of the contract.