Mount Vernon News

By Mount Vernon News
January 24, 2014 11:38 am EST


MOUNT VERNON — “Small steps” of discussion are ongoing with the Knox County Board of Commissioners regarding the consolidation of duties between county offices.

An arrangement was recently worked out between the Knox County Regional Planning Commission and the Knox Soil & Water Conservation District where Darrell Severns would be sharing time between the two entities. Following the resignation of Sue Ponto, Severns met with the commissioners and discussed the needs in his office at this time.

A suggestion was made that the map department staff assist in covering duties. A meeting took place Thursday between the commissioners, Severns, map department staff and county engineer Jim Henry to discuss possibilities of collaboration with the map department and RPC.

“Everyone is being encouraged to collaborate and consolidate whenever possible,” said board of commissioners president Teresa Bemiller.

“The question we have to answer is ‘What’s the best configuration for this?’ Can we integrate that position in with other positions?” asked commissioner Thom Collier.

Also sitting in on Thursday’s meeting were a few county township trustees. Henry stated he has heard concern from the trustees of receiving their fair share of representation depending on what changes take place. “It’s a viable concern that when we cover this they’ll be getting value for their dollar,” said Henry.

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