BONIFAY — After the recent resignation of two Holmes County Development Commission members, the Holmes County Board of County Commissioners held a special session on April 16 to appoint two more members.
The board approved Commissioner Bill Parish’s recommendation of Raymond Thomas and Commissioner David Whitaker’s recommendation of Chuck Dockery.
Board Chairman Monty Merchant said there was only one more resignation that needs attending to, which is that of Lenora Campbell.
“It’s time to take a serious look at the development commission and get the ball rolling,” said Merchant. “There still isn’t a director yet but there’s a growing concern about the development commission. I’ve had questions to me about the development commission having a lot of money and wondering what they are doing for the county.”
Parish said one problem with the development commission is “low attendance, apathy and lack of participation.”
“We need to take a stronger look at how we choose those members,” said Parish.
Commissioner Bobby Sasnett said they needed ambitious individuals.
“What we need is some go-getters,” said Sasnett. “Young, intelligent and willing to work.”
County Attorney Jeff Goodman recommended that the commissioners hold a workshop with the development council after the last new member is appointed and had “time to settle in” and discuss roles, responsibilities and goals.
“It’s important that the board encourages things to get moving,” said Merchant. “Get them on helping our businesses and to bring new businesses in.”
The board approved of Merchant’s request to start their mosquito spraying immediately.
“We’ve already started getting complaints about mosquitoes,” said Merchant. “I know we said we’d start around May 1 to mid May, but can’t we start immediately? We’ll retain the same six-month period, we’re just starting early.”
The commissioners also approved signing Proclamation Viva Florida 500, recognizing the 500th anniversary of Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon’s landing on Florida’s coast in April 1513.
The board also agreed to fight the new legislative Medicare county cost, which would push their payments from $280 a year to $1,700, which is a 62 percent increase.
“Please contact your senator and share with them your feelings,” said Merchant.
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the HC BOCC is set for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30.