Kayla Fleming/For the Times Macon County Clerk Connie Blackwell, county attorney Guy Holliman, Macon County Mayor Steve Jones, and administrative assistant Alecia King were a part of the discussion on the repair of county buildings during the Macon County Commission meeting on Dec. 17.

Kayla Fleming/For the Times

Macon County Clerk Connie Blackwell, county attorney Guy Holliman, Macon County Mayor Steve Jones, and administrative assistant Alecia King were a part of the discussion on the repair of county buildings during the Macon County Commission meeting on Dec. 17.

The Macon County Commission met on Dec. 17 and discussed repairs of buildings owned or used by the county.

Macon County Mayor Steve Jones told the commission that the building committee recommended that a heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) unit be purchased for the Sally Wells Building at the Macon County Fairgrounds, as well as replacing a garage door on the building so that it would be insulated. The commission voted to approve the purchases.

Jones also told the commission that the committee recommended maintaining the fairgrounds buildings on an "as-needed" basis. Jones also said that there had been discussion of hiring an additional maintenance worker in order to assist with repairs needed at county buildings.

The commission also discussed work needed at the Macon County Court House, including the former archive room. Jones said that water was leaking into some of the rooms and causing the "cement that's plastered the wall" to deteriorate.

The commission voted to authorize further research into repairing the archive room.

The commission discussed either remodeling or moving Macon County Clerk Connie Blackwell's office. Jones cited a lack of parking and frequently overflowing office space as reasons to change the office.

Many commissioners voiced their desire to keep the office close to the square if it is moved out of the Court House. Blackwell told the commissioners that she "loved being the Court House" but would move the office if that is what was decided.

County commissioner Justin Dyer believes the office could be "more efficient if it was set up like a bank counter," with partition and computers at the counter so that the each of the employees could serve one person at a time and everyone was aware of their place in line.

"If I could reconfigure that office, I would fix it just like that, with partitions and computers right there," Blackwell said.

Blackwell noted that she had six employees in her office, and that complicates the ability to use counterspace as desk space. Blackwell also noted that there was a need for more sitting room for customers to fill out applications.

"We only have room for three chairs in there right now," Blackwell said. "I have to send people out in the hall to the benches to sit."

The commission voted to postpone discussions and voting on the purchase of a body scanner for the Macon County Jail until January.

The commission approved Proclamation 10-15-2018, a proclamation to honor Bill Dowell, Macon County's former loss control officer. Dowell was the loss control officer from 2001 until 2018.

The proclamation read, in part, "Mr. Bill Dowell passed away suddenly at the early age of 80, and, whereas, the citizens of Macon County were extremely fortunate to have an exceptionally devoted employee to serve the citizens and employees of Macon County through his years of service. Now there be it resolved by the Macon County Legislative Body meeting in regular session on the 17th day of December 2018, now go on record humbly thanking Mr. Bill Dowell for the performance of his duties and willingness to serve the citizens of Macon County, Tennessee…"