Action regarding filling the vacant Solid Waste Coordinator's position has been tabled for the time being, after fiscal court failed to take action during their meeting on Thursday, January 9.

    Tim Bell has resigned as Wayne County's Solid Waste Coordinator.
    During last week's meeting, Wayne County Judge-Executive Mike 
Anderson recommended that the court approve the appointment of Ricky 
Kempton as Assistant Solid Waste Coordinator—a temporary position for 
a set probationary period.
    District One Magistrate Ronnie Turner made a motion to hire Kempton, 
but the motion died for lack of a second.
    There was a question as to why Kempton was recommended for the 
Assistant Solid Waste Coordinator's job, and Anderson replied that 
this is the agreement that he had reached with Kempton for a 
probationary period.
    Later in the meeting, District Three Magistrate Dale Vaughn stated 
that the reason he did not second the motion was because it was his 
understanding that Kempton was going to be hired as Solid Waste 
Coordinator for a probational period.
    He added that he hoped the court could work out the details.
    District Two Magis-trate Jeffrey Dishman wished Bell well in his 
retirement, noting that his hard work resulted in the establishment 
of a model recycling program in Wayne County.
    Anderson recommended a couple of other hires for the county and they 
were approved during the meeting, Dustin Upchurch was hired at the 
road department and Harold Flynn was hired at the Recycling Center. 
The pay rate for both men was set at $10 per hour.
    Anderson also made several magistrate appointments during the 
meeting. District Four Magistrate Jonathan Dobbs was reappointed to 
the Telecommunications Board and District Three Magistrate Dale 
Vaughn was reappointed to the Parks and Recreation committee.
    District One Magistrate Ronnie Turner was appointed to the Wayne 
County Health Board.
    Also during the meeting, the court:
    • Approved the adoptions of Bears Way, Shady Grover and Knob Hill 
Road into the county road system.
    • Heard a monthly report from Wayne County Jailer Ronnie Ellis, who 
noted that the total population at the detention center is 191, which 
includes 63 county inmates and 128 state inmates. For the month of 
December, the county billed the state a total of $128,619.36 for 
housing inmates.
    • Heard a monthly report from Ricky Kempton, with the Recycling 
Center. Kempton said white goods were collected at 44 households in 
December, bringing the total for the year to 889.
    • Heard a monthly report from Wayne County EMS Director Bubby Corder who said the ambulance service answered a total of 295 calls in 
December. In 2019, the ambulance service answered a total of 3,321 calls.

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