Chambers reappointed to Carroll IDA

By Allen Worrell -

Larry Chambers has been reappointed to the Carroll County Industrial Development Authority (IDA).

Both Chambers and former IDA Chairman Barry Hicks had their positions on the Authority nullified in January after county officials found language in state code prohibiting IDA members from being employed by the same locality. An employee of Carroll County’s maintenance crew, Hicks resigned from the IDA. Chambers resigned his position with the county, however, in hopes of being reappointed to the Authority.

A more than 20-year veteran of the IDA, Chambers got his wish during the Carroll County Board of Supervisors’ Feb. 8 meeting. During a segment on committee appointments, Sulphur Springs Supervisor Rex Hill set Chambers’ reappointment in motion.

“I make a motion to nominate Larry Chambers to the IDA board,” Hill said. “He has done an excellent job on there.”

Hill’s motion was seconded by Supervisor At-Large Robbie McCraw and passed unanimously. Chambers’ appointment will expire in May of 2019. Hicks’ vacated position, which expires in August of 2017, remains unfilled. McCraw also made a motion to move the IDA appointment for that position to the Board’s March meeting. Hill seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.

Supervisors made one other committee appointment during the February meeting, unanimously approving a motion to appoint Mandy Nester to the Laurel Fork seat on the Carroll County Recreation Commission.

Following a public hearing later in the meeting, the board of supervisors unanimously voted to amend a section of county code to reduce the number of Carroll County Planning Commission members from eight to seven. With only five sitting members currently on the Planning Commission, Ronald Newman explained the group has struggled to reach the required attendance of five members for a quorum. By reducing the Planning Commission from eight to seven members, only four members are now required for a quorum.

Allen Worrell can be reached at (276) 779-4062 or on Twitter@AWorrellTCN

By Allen Worrell

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