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October 8, 2012

Bussey Community Center needs upgrades

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Knoxville —

No formal action was taken regarding the improvements to the Bussey Community Center. There was also discussion, but not action taken, regarding the issue of birds at the Public Health building.

As previously reported, Marion County Public Health employees have expressed concern regarding an open part of the building, one in which birds have come in to roost and leave waste. The County's safety consultant, according to Emergency Management Coordinator Jeff Anderson, recommended addressing the issue, as it did present a potential Occupational Safety and Health Administration issue. 

Stephens had bids from two companies to enclose the area, and expected a third to arrive after the meeting on Monday. Agan said he is not interested in gaining space at the Public Health building.

"We have excess real estate right now," Agan said. If the area is enclosed, it would require a remodel, that would cost more money, he said. He is confident that the County can find another way to slow the bird problem. 

Board Chairman Sam Nichols said that if the supervisors wanted to continue to dodge OSHA, it could, but there have been complaints about the birds. Agan said the County needed to look at all potential solutions.

Stephens told the board that he has spent a great deal of time on this issue already. He has invited contractors out on numerous occasions. 

Nichols suggested inviting OSHA to the Public Health building to inspect the area. County Attorney Ed Bull could be seen shaking his head, "no" at the suggestion. 

The issue will once again be on the next regular board agenda. 

The board also tabled appointments to the Marion County Compensation Board. This board meets every December to come up with a recommendation to the supervisors regarding pay levels for elected officials in the coming year. Each elected official selects a representative to act on their behalf on the board. The supervisors get two representatives. 

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