County commissioners reorganize, elect officers

Don Denny, a veteran member of the Union County Board of Commissioners, was elected as chairman of the group at its reorganization meeting Friday morning, Dec. 14.

The meeting was at the community center in Jonesboro.

Richard Cunningham, a newcomer to the board, was chosen as vice chairman.

The meeting was the first for three newly elected members: Cunningham, Danny Hartline and Max Miller.

They join Denny and Dale Russell  on the board, which expanded from three to five members.

Denny takes over as chairman from Randy Lambdin, who did not seek reelection.

The meeting is scheduled to reconvene Thursday, today, at 4 p.m. at the community center in Jonesboro.

In other business, the board set regular meeting dates at 8:30 a.m. on the second and fourth Fridays of each month.

The board approved a resolution creating a brewer's category among liquor licenses. Three such licenses will be available at a cost of $500 per year.

An increase in fees paid for certain services of the sheriff's department was approved. Sheriff David Livesay explained that Union County's fees for services such as serving summonses are now in line with neighboring counties.

Commissioners approved payment of $2,000 to help fund Civil War Weekend activities on Feb. 8-10, 2013. The event will be held at Anna Arts Center and is sponsored by Shawnee Hills Arts Council and PAST.

Appointments made by the board on Friday include:

Alan Eddington to Southern Five Regional Planning.

Dennis Ballance, Kent Treece and Randy Lambdin to the Preston Levee and Drainage District board.

Rick Lingle to the Alto Pass Water District board.

Steve Hartline and Mike Hunter to the Union County 911 board.

Local resident David Shaffer appeared before the board to express his opposition to a route which would bring the proposed Interstate 66 through Union County.

"It would cut a 2,000 foot swath across the county, he said of the highway which would link Paducah and Cape Girardeau. It would destroy or damage the environment which people come here for. It would result in isolation of Anna and Jonesboro."

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