County Commission Honors Eagle Scout Layne Mathis

August 11, 2010
Dwayne Page
County Mayor Mike Foster Congratulates Eagle Scout Layne Mathis

The DeKalb County Commission Monday night adopted a resolution honoring Eagle Scout Layne Mathis, son of Ricky and Donna Mathis.

County Mayor Mike Foster read the resolution "Whereas, it is fitting that the DeKalb County Commission and the DeKalb County Mayor should announce their pride, respect, and honor in the young people of our community who so capably fulfill their requirements and duties to reach lofty goals and levels of achievement.

Whereas, Layne Mathis has performed the years of tasks to work his way to the highest honor bestowed by the Boy Scouts of America. Layne Mathis has worked to a level achieved by a very select few and has earned the Eagle Award.

Whereas, the DeKalb County Commission and the DeKalb County Mayor wish to thank Layne Mathis, his family, other scouts who helped and his leaders for the honors they have brought to themselves and DeKalb County.

Now, therefore, be it resolved by the DeKalb County Commission that August 10th, 2010 be officially named Eagle Scout Layne Mathis Day. Be it further resolved that this accomplishment be spread across the records of this meeting and preserved as a lasting part of our appreciation to Eagle Scout Layne Mathis."

Foster added "He worked at the T-ball field to build a play set and put a fence around it for the younger kids who were not playing T-ball to have a safe place to play. He took donations for his project at the T-ball field and hired himself out to work in concession stands for parents who donated to the play set. He supervised the project and helped with the installation. His favorite Merit Badge was law. He took it seven times at Tennessee Tech and MTSU during Merit Badge Universities. His favorite activities were camping and canoeing. He was a cub scout before he was a boy scout. Layne also enjoys playing football for the DeKalb County Tigers."

In other business, the county commission voted to post speed limits on three county roads in the fourth district based on a recommendation by the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

County Mayor Foster says residents in those areas asked that speed limits be established. "I've got three roads that have been recommended to be approved for speed limits, based on THP input. These are recommended from the planning commission to discuss speed limits on Ford Road, Lakeview Heights, and Mountain View Road. Ford Road is off of the road that goes to Austin Bottom. Lakeview Heights is near Cookeville Boat Dock, and Mountain View is off of Lakeview Mountain Estates.

The way this worked, we had a letter from the people who live on those roads recommending that this be done. It's not just one person who makes the recommendation, it has to be everybody on the road. They make the recommendations to the planning commission and then the planning commission makes a recommendation to the county commission, and then the highway patrol checks the roads and recommends a safe speed."

The county commission also reappointed Wayne Cantrell and Elmer Ellis, Jr. to the 911 board. Their terms will expire August 3rd, 2014.

Site summaries are not yet complete by J & S Construction on the Town and Country Shopping Center complex, but the county commission Monday night authorized advertising the invitation to bid the renovations of the complex, once those summaries are finished. County Mayor Foster says since the county commission doesn't meet again in regular session until September 27th, he and members of the commission felt it best to take this action now so that the project can be expedited before the cold weather months arrive. The project will be bid in two sections, one for the administrative and the other for the recreation portion of the facility.

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