$3k raise approved for Brown

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By Damon Lawrence

Deputy Road Superintendent Tony Brown is in line to get a raise in the middle of the county’s fiscal year.

He currently makes $53,040.

By a 14-1 vote on Monday, the Roane County Commission approved a highway department request to increase his salary $3,000.

George Nelson was the only commissioner to vote against the resolution.

Commissioner Benny East made a motion to postpone the resolution for 30 days, but it failed by a 9-6 vote.

“I don’t think any of this has been before the road committee yet,” East said.

“Do budgetary items go before the road committee?” Commissioner Randy Ellis asked.

East said they have in the past.

The county’s fiscal year runs from July 1 through June 30.

“Are we OK adjusting salaries in the middle of the year?” Commissioner Ron Berry asked.

Budget director Kaley Walker said Berry would need to address that with the road department.

Brown’s raise was one of three road department resolutions on the agenda. The second one asked that the department be allowed to take $185,000 out of its capital reserve to purchase new trucks, equipment and garage doors.

“Has this been to the road committee?” Berry asked.

“It has not,” County Executive Ron Woody responded.

The commission voted 8-7 to defer the resolution to the committee.

The third resolution was for a $10,000 road project on Bluff Road. It was approved 15-0.