As this was the first meeting of the year, Holden opened the floor for the nomination of board officers. Commissioner Paul Newbill nominated Burks to continue his role as chairman. The nomination was seconded by Commissioner John Pressler. Guthrie then moved to nominate Newbill for the role of vice chairman. The nomination was seconded by Commissioner Tony Dement. Finally, Guthrie nominated Pressler for the role of secretary. The nomination was seconded by Newbill. All nominations were unanimously approved by all members present: Guthrie, Newbill, Pressler, Dement, Holden, Alderman Bart Williams and Commissioner Brian Ramm. All nominees abstained from voting in their own election.
With the business of electing officers concluded, the board turned its attention to hear a presentation from Chad Smith of the Dyersburg Elevator Company on a planned expansion of the facility. The addition is expected to sit on the 10-acre parcel. According to Community Planner Will Radford the addition is being presented to the board because the proposed bin will be 125 feet tall and the board is required to approve all structures taller than 75 feet in a property zoned M-2 (medium industrial) such as this one. Radford affirmed that the structure met all setback requirements and the city fire department indicated that there are not issues with providing fire protection for the proposed structure.
Williams moved that the board approve the request with Dement adding a second. The motion was unanimously approved and the request will go before the full city board at its next scheduled meeting for full approval.