Also in that meeting, the commission approved a resolution amending a resolution from its Dec. 18 meeting. At that meeting it had been proposed that a 13-member board be put in place for Erlanger at Hutcheson hospital in Fort Oglethorpe, with Walker and Catoosa counties each having five members and Dade County having three members.
After some discussion between the counties, it was decided that it would be best to leave the board structure at nine members. This keeps the membership total in line with current operating bylaws. The new structure, as approved, will keep Walker's membership at four, increase Catoosa's membership by one to a total of four members, and delete one member from the Dade contingent, leaving that county with one member.
In other commission action at the Jan. 3, meeting:
· An new Alcoholic Beverage Commission was formed as commissioners named five Catoosa County citizens to replace the old three-member Malt Beverage and Wine Commission. The former commission required replacement due to the newly passed alcoholic beverage ordinance. Named to two-year terms were Ronnie Lee and Dusty Bridges. Receiving four-year terms were Ben Scott, Carol Murray and Lewis Garrett.
· During open session, the board approved bond forfeiture settlement amounts for the following bonding companies: AAAA, $31,874; ABC, $650; Ace, $2,990; Catoosa, $1,833; and Ringgold, $5,130.45.
These were based on a previous measure passed that allowed the sheriff to negotiate payment based on 13 percent of forfeited bonds. According to county attorney Chad Young, he has received payment from all bonds companies with the exception of AAAA.