On behalf of himself and the other magistrates, Frank Hurley made the motion to rename the building after Noble. He said they wished to rename the building in honor of Noble winning his fourth consecutive term as judge-executive and his one term as a magistrate.
The measure was approved by all expect Noble, who abstained from voting.
In other business, Noble said no one ran for the office of county surveyor in the most recent election and asked County Attorney John Carl Shackleford if the court needed to appoint someone to the position.
Shackleford said pay for the position is low, not to mention that it’s not entirely necessary.
“If the county needs some surveying work done, you’re going to have to hire a surveyor,” Shackleford said. “Whether you hire the county surveyor to do that, or another surveyor, you’re still going to pay them whatever you pay a surveyor to do the work for them.”
He added he wasn’t sure whether or not the position was one that was mandatory to fill, but that he would check into it and let the court know.
The court also voted to approve the Perry County Sheriff’s Office’s statement of the amount of money to be advanced to them every month from state government. The statement called for the Sheriff’s Office to be advanced $18,750 each month.
Several county employees recently laid-off will be brought back to work by the court after they voted to approve rehiring them. It was Noble’s recommendation that this be done, and he said it wouldn’t be an issue to rehire them.
“We just got some (people) laid-off that need to be brought back right now,” Noble said. “We’ll bring them back Monday.”
Appointments for local government offices were made by the court during the meeting. John Epperson was appointed as the Department of Emergency Management director and Don Howard was appointed as the deputy director.
A chain of command was established for the office of the county judge-executive, much like that of other government offices like the governor and U.S. President.
This chain of command places certain individuals in the position in the event that something happens to prevent Noble from completing his term.
“You have to have at least three or four (people) to follow the chain of command until the governor can make an appointment,” John Epperson said.
Four deputy judge-executives were appointed and are listed from first to last in the following order: Derek Bowling, John Epperson, Melissa Brashear and Noble’s son, Colby.
A new ethics board for the county was also approved. This is something Noble said had not been done in about eight years, but is supposed to be done every four years.
Colson Cornett, Ray Jones and Yvonne Allen were all appointed to the ethics board.
Two new roads were adopted into the county road plan, and four others that branch off of the new Highway 7 will be renamed.
What is currently known as Sam Combs Road will become Sam’s Lane; Dallie Sam Combs Hill will become Sam Combs Road; River Front Lane will become Water Way; and Old School House Lane will become Old Hwy. 7.
The court also reappointed Rosa Couch, Chester Wooton and Kenny Cole to their current positions, and voted to approve a two percent cost-of-living increase.