Stallings starts term as presiding commissioner with a bang

Tuesday, January 4, 2011
New Presiding Commissioner Tom Stallings gets his first commission meeting underway with a bang from a gavel of unusual size Tuesday, Jan. 4.

Newly sworn-in Saline County Presiding Commissioner Tom Stallings opened his first meeting with a monster-sized gavel.

"I'm going to have to find a smaller one," Stallings said. "I don't think I'll be able to lift it for four years."

The mallet was a gift from former County Clerk Ken Bryant.

"We would like to welcome our new presiding commissioner, who rules with a big gavel," joked Northern Commissioner Norvelle "Brownie" Brown.

Wednesday, the county commission expects to select a new insurance agency to handle seeking bids for a policy to replace the county's current health insurance. The county commission was shocked with an initial price hike of more than 30 percent by the current insurer in November. Although the increase has been reduced a bit, the commission is continuing the search for a new health insurance.

The 2011 Saline County Holiday schedule passed with a unanimous vote. County employees will enjoy 12 holidays in 2011.

Now that the new year has started, the commission is working on the new budget. Elected office holders are scheduled to have their budget requests submitted to the County Commission by Wednesday, Jan. 5. Commissioners plan to hold budget meetings with the various offices during the next two weeks.

On Jan. 25, a lay public viewing of the budget is scheduled and a public hearing will be held at 9:10 a.m. Feb. 7. The final hearing will be held during the Commission's regular session meeting Feb. 17.

Contact Patrick Nolan at

pnolan@marshallnews.com

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  • Contragulations to Tom, i know he will do a good job.

    -- Posted by FormerMarshallite1 on Wed, Jan 5, 2011, at 1:22 AM
  • The insurance companies are going to make their profits one way or the other, so by removing caps, they just jack everybody's rates up. So who is the new health care plan hurting? Us, the consumers. Can't eveybody see that, thats why all our local businesses are changing companies and reducing coverage, because all insurance policies rates are raising due to this.

    -- Posted by mtownresident on Wed, Jan 5, 2011, at 1:40 PM
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