By Lynette Norris
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Tommy Garner, Director of Madison County Parks and Recreation Department, spoke briefly at the County Commission meeting Jan. 4, presenting a request from Madison County Community Bank to waive the usual softball field fees for MCCB’s Relay 4 Life softball tournament.
The tournament would be using only one or two fields, for one day only, and consist of five to eight Relay Teams.
Garner added that the only cost would be for the department’s time dragging and marking the fields the day before the tournament, and a couple of bags of chalk to do the marking.
Because the tournament is a benefit, raising money for cancer research, the Commissioners voted unanimously to waive the usual $125 per field rental fee.
However, on another matter, the board split three to two over a proposal made by Commissioner Renetta Parrish to change all the board’s meeting times to 5:30 p.m. in order to better serve constituents who wanted to attend the meetings.
Commissioners discussed overtime pay for county employees who got off work at 5:00 p.m. and would have to stay for commission meetings in order to make their reports, as well as noting that the commissioners dealt more with business rather than constituent’s issues. Both Parrish and Commissioner Alfred Martin voted in favor of the changes; Commissioners Justin Hamrick, Wayne Vickers and Commission Chair Roy Ellis voted to keep the hours as previously scheduled for the year 2012 – 9:00 a.m. the first Wednesday of every month and 4:00 p.m. the third Wednesday.