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In one of the stronger signs of recovery from the recession, revenue from building permits in the city of Dickson has tripled over five years ago and is above where it was before the economy turned bad. Dickson Planning and Zoning Director Jason Pilkinton reported at Monday night’s Finance and Management Committee meeting that revenue from building permits is twice what the city projected in its budget in this calendar year with two months to go. Through Oct. 14, the city has issued 271 permits for projects with a total cost of almost $40 million, producing revenue of $163,558 from permit fees. By comparison, the city issued 279 permits in 2013, but the projects were valued at only $18 million with permit revenue of $85,402. Going back to the high point of the recession, Pilkinton said in 2009 the city issued 309 permits for jobs valued at just $10.8 million with permit revenue of just under $56,000. Through the recession years, Pilkinton said the city brought in $50,000-$65,000 in permit revenue annually. But Pilkinton reported Monday night that the city has already surpassed what it was bringing in before the economic downturn. “Back in ’04, ’05, ’06 – we called the golden years for a while – we were bringing in $125,000-$130,000 in permit fees and now we’re past that. So it’s a good sign that the city’s growing in the right direction and we’re able to bring in those fees,” Pilkinton said. And Pilkinton said the increase in permit fees does not yet include what is expected to be the one of the largest single permits ever issued when construction begins on Mohawk’s $180 million Dal-Tile plant. Pilkinton said the only permit issued so far for that project is a $2,000 excavation permit. Other ongoing projects that have accounted for some of the development growth include The Crossings at Dickson, the 64-unit Beasley Pointe Apartments, the new Dollar General on Highway 46, Panda Express, which is expected to begin demolition of the Mr. Gattis building soon, the new emergency center at TriStar’s Natchez Medical Park, the new Traditions restaurant being built on Beasley Drive by Tri-County Farmer Restaurant owner Chris Lucas, Colton’s Steakhouse on Highway 46 at Nails Creek Road, Jet Printing, a project that will double the size of the Bridgestone plant and the Curcio project on Main Street in downtown Dickson that Pilkinton said is now considering a phase II on the corner lot. Other projects that have been completed in the last six months include Zinc Oxide, which held a grand opening last week, the expansion of the Kroger store, Popeye’s, Hucks market, Lewis Lumber Company and expansions at Metrican Stamping and TruForm in the William D. Field-Dickson County Industrial Park. The city budgeted $75,000 in building permit fees for this year and has brought in more than twice that amount already.

Election officials say the turnout for the first week of early voting has been “disappointing.” Through Tuesday, 1,126 Dickson County voters have gone to the polls to cast ballots. Early voting at the election office in Charlotte saw 116 ballots Monday and 93 on Tuesday. Today is the second opportunity to take advantage of extended hours at all three early voting locations. Polling places will be open 8 am-7 pm Wednesday at the election office in Charlotte, Restoration Church in Dickson and White Bluff Town Hall. Interim Adminstrator of Elections Roxanne Hagewood told the election commission Tuesday night that early voting has been “fairly slow,” with only minor technical glitches experienced in the first week. But Hagewood said state officials also reported turnout has been very slow statewide heading to the Nov. 4 ballot. Hagewood said she was “very disappointed” in the light turnout on Saturday after the election commission decided to open an hour earlier at all three voting locations. Saturday saw just 156 ballots cast with 30 in Charlotte, 49 in White Bluff and 77 in Dickson. Through the first week of early voting, last Wednesday’s opening day saw the biggest turnout at 344. Tuesday was the only day of the first week that saw fewer than 100 ballots cast. In comparison to recent elections, there were 2,050 votes cast in the first week of early voting in July that saw a record statewide early vote turnout for an August election; 3,349 early votes were cast in the first week of early voting before the November 2012 presidential election, which set the high mark for the state; only 770 votes were cast in the first week before the August 2012 election; 1,565 votes were cast in the first week before the November 2010 election; and over 2,500 before the August 2010 election. Early voting continues through Oct. 30. After the extended hours in three locations today, early voting will be 8 am-4 pm Thursday in Charlotte only, 8 am-4 pm Friday in Dickson and Charlotte and 8 am-noon Saturday in Dickson, Charlotte and White Bluff. Registered Dickson County voters can cast their ballots at any of the three locations regardless of where they live. For more information on early voting, call the election office at 615-789-6021.

Dickson officials are hoping it was just a matter of timing that kept the city from getting a fourth grant for the downtown revitalization project and at a special session Monday night the city council voted to apply again. With the deadline to apply for a Tennessee Department of Transportation enhancement program grant coming up Nov. 3, Mayor Don Weiss Jr. scheduled the special session to get council authorization to file another application. Weiss announced last month that the city had been turned down for a grant for phase IV and believes it was due to concern over the project being able to meet grant time restrictions for project completion. The city currently is two months behind schedule on completing phase II and its plans for phase III are being reviewed by the state with hopes to seek construction bids before the end of the year. Weiss has said he is hoping the city can make enough progress before grants are awarded next summer that it will be considered for funding for the next phase. City Administrator Rydell Wesson said the city is not making any changes to its grant application. “We’re simply re-submitting the application for phase IV, updating all the support letters and getting it back in,” Wesson said. As part of the application, the city commits to a 20 percent match for any grant funds it receives. Wesson told the council that the city has been budgeting $150,000 into a capital project fund each year to provide its share of the grants and pay for engineering and design costs. The city started the downtown project with a $1.5 million TDOT grant, received $627,000 for phase II and $595,000 for phase III. The project has included widened sidewalks, new ornamental lighting, moving some utilities underground, the addition of greenspaces, bicycle racks, benches and decorative pavers on Main Street. Phase II has expanded the project south to Walnut Street and included the block of College Street east from Main Street while phase III is proposed to include the block of College Street west from Main Street. Weiss has said the project committee is looking to continue the new look north on Main Street to Rickert Avenue in phase IV. The council unanimously authorized the application for phase IV funding at Monday night’s special session.

White Bluff’s new Dollar General store will celebrate its grand opening on Saturday. The new store is at 4301 Highway 70 East and replaces a smaller store on the east side of town.The grand opening ceremony starts at 8 am Saturday and the first 50 adult shoppers in the door will receive a $10 Dollar General gift card and the first 200 shoppers will receive a Dollar General tote bag along with other giveaways throughout the day. There will be special sales and prizes as part of the celebration. An announcement from Dollar General says the new store features a “fresh layout” intended to make shopping easier for customers. New features include seasonal products in the center of the store, easily identifiable departments with clear signage and coolers with drinks and groceries located more conveniently at the front of the store. Since 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has supported education programs with more than $97 million in grants to non-profit organizations, helping more than 5.8 million people through education. At the cash register of every Dollar General store are brochures with information for customers needing assistance in learning how to read, speak English or obtain a high school equivalency diploma as well as other literacy services. Dollar General launched an aggressive growth plan several years ago and is nearing completion of its fourth location in the city of Dickson on Highway 46 to bring the total number of stores in Dickson County to nine, with locations in Tennessee City, Vanleer, Burns and Charlotte.

  1. home interior pictures sell for cheap….looking for a rug….looking for turquoise jewelry….615-732-8099
  2. looking for a gas vented heater, reasonable price 615-593-0175
  3. looking for a good color printer…or yard sale items…615-840-9438
  4. saddles for sale…lots of tack…antique furniture & china….TN walking mare..looking for a storm door, 80 x 32 w/ hardware…740-9199
  5. ford f150 truck…negotiate price…446-9976
  6. baby gate $10….looking for 235/70/15s tire…..quilt trunk $50…429-5297
  7. 2004 Pontiac Montana Van w/ rebuilt motor, $1800….table top stereo $50….handicap walker w/ wheels & seat $50….815-8615
  8. looking for concrete work, sidewalks, patios, etc…..alumacraft boat, 17ft x 6ft, 35hp evinrude, powertrain steering, $1400 OBO….looking for 14in tires in decent condition..615-490-2891
  9. firewood for sale…will do tree work….615-838-6269
  10. 1988 Nissan Centra, 4cyn 5spd, runs great, break problems $850……Cultivator, in great shape…will sell or trade for bush hog….looking for CDL drivers….615-613-1205
  11. natural gas stove, …2 sets of beauty rings…$25/set…218-6416
  12. two tires 225/65/16s $30….418-3760
  13. seasoned firewood $50/rank….outside antenna $30….round top radio …708-4558
  14. looking for a dog tracking system…615-939-5457
  15. needs someone to install sink.…looking for antiques etc…looking for electric heaters…any size any btu……looking for a house pet..…615-804-1181
  16. looking for gene watson cds or casettes….looking for boil itself…789-4693
  17. house for sale, 205 sunset rd….3 bedrooms, 1 bath & a half….441-1541
  18. John Deere riding lawn mower, 42in cut, Kholor engine, $500….615-598-6879
  19. looking to buy a good plug-in electric heater,…828-1975
  20. set of bed rails for short wheel base truck…ford rims…2 guitars….931-289-4727
  21. 42in cut 0-turn…..615-513-9926
  22. set of golf clubs for $100 615-589-1050
  23. 2 – 3 bedroom brick home…in White Bluff….for sale….615-708-0585
  24. 1987 MasterCraft fishing ski, V6 inboard motor…$2500 Or trade for full size truck…931-306-8641
  25. 2006 Suzuki Boulevard, 2000miles, …615-310-1228
  26. air nail gun $40….twin bed, $30…..large dog carrier, $20….615-927-4062
  27. 5 x 10 w/ wood bottom trailer, tilt, $650……16in Pullin chainsaw, 1 year old, $60…740-1786
  28. chain bottom chairs, ….for sale, 6cyn ford motor, 306 straight 6 $400….931-380-5836
  29. looking for a buck rabbit, young…..952-3117
  30. gas fireplace, 28,000 btu…$50….kitchen table, no chairs $20 obo….615-823-0262
  31. found a large black dog, …519-8538
  32. 6 lug wheels, 30/950/15, in good shape..$50…….5ft box blade for sale, ….set of metal side boards for a pickup truck…$100…..lots of turnip greens…615-799-0976
  33. dog box for back of a pickup…..beagle hound, male, …..310-2283
  34. shadow bass boat, 16ft, 90hp motor…GPS…nice trailer and boat….will trade for 4wd truck or sell $2500…931-996-8347
  35. 2 wood stoves….615-218-7572
  36. mows yards…308-1597
  37. tunes pianos & pump organs…797-4312
  38. looking for mens and women’s costume jewelry…..womens dresses….looking for small chest of drawers or china cabinet…..306-3459
  39. black leather motorcycle jackets, size 44, $40…..pearl bar w/ 54lbs of weight, $5….2 large animal cages,/…446-6421
  40. Allis Chalmer tractor, tricycle wheels…..couple of truck toppers, aluminum for full size & fiberglass for compact pickup…6in metal high beams on metal structure, needs to be disassembled…881-6814
  41. 12 x 12 all metal storage building, double security doors that open out…$1500 OBO….931-709-5434
  42. fridge for sale, $150….works good…615-585-1320
  43. organ to give away…..797-3018
  44. 2006 Honda 4wheeler, 2wd, $2500…..615-485-6693
  45. glass top dinette set, w/ 4 chairs…..$300….dinette hanging light $75…931-797-5422
  46. electric keyboard on stand, ….kitchen table w/ 4 chairs……wire cages for rabbits or chickens….441-5266
  47. 2005 Coatsman mobile home, $6000…..931-582-6125
  48. 2 lawn mowers wheels & tires,  $10/both… & tan coondog, & amp….924-1615
  49. 1995 Clayton mobile home, $3000 cash….looking for dog kennel..615-946-3975
  50. will clean yards, mow etc…..789-3905 or 545-6519
  51. looking for a gas tank & carburetor for 4wheeler Honda, …looking for motorcycle frame w/front end….428-2130
  52. Will clean out garages and buy your scrap metal call ask for Danny at 931 996 3753
  53. We buy sell and repair human hair doll wigs, please call for more information.
    Also looking to buy some good quality longer hair.
    All colors and textures, $10-$15 per inch possible, 12 inch minimum length please.
  54. 1995 3/4 ton truck v-8 automatic 1900    5ft steel fence post 2each   615-772-6307
  55. 1.) Will pay cash for old wooden baseball bats made in Dickson. These are typically stamped “Leathers” or “A.H. Leathers” Manufacturing, Dickson, TN, and, have a model name such as Dixie Swatter, Commodore, Volunteer, Indoor No. 31, Yankee Winner, Sneex, etc. 2.) If you have any of these bats, even if you don’t want to sell them, he is compiling a historical portfolio of these bats and would love to document and include yours. Please call or text (615) 943-4384.
  56. giving away 2 kittens both males one long hair one short hair ,bounce horse 25 and monster high sheets and curtains 25 call 615-266-8076
  57. 2007 Pontiac grand prix,1993 ford 1-50 2-wd,2000 v-star motor cycle please call me @615-686-3025
  1. home interior pictures selling for cheap…looking for turquoise jewelry…looking for a living room rug…615-732-8099
  2. looking for riding lawn mowers or junk laying around…615-840-9438
  3. looking for mason jars…615-593-7546
  4. 2 saddles; english saddle $75…15in western saddle $150…..metal 2 tier saddle rack, $40…..2 pine benches, like new $45 $35 or $75…740-9199
  5. Will clean out garages and buy your scrap metal call ask for Danny at 931 996 3753
  6. CD player…amplifier….looking for carpet….924-1615
  7. mows yards, rake leaves etc….789-3905 or 545-6519
  8. 8 x 4 tilt metal trailer $150…..615-812-4124
  9. all kinds of CDs and cassettes and VHSs….797-9194
  10. large brass spittoon, w/ horse and rider……bread maker…20 knitting needles 10 crochet hooks….446-8305
  11. baby gate $15….looking for two 235/75/15s …..quilt trunk $50….429-5297
  12. 2004 Pontiac Montana Van $1800……table top stereo, $50…..jug of oil, 5qt, 20/50weight…$10….815-8615
  13. nail gun for roofing, air gun $40….twin wooden bed, white in color $35…..615-927-4062
  14. looking for a convenience store clerk…bon aqua area….call 504-7694
  15. 4 – 5 yard sale stuff, totes full…$50/all…….genie garage door opener, $25…615-326-8459
  16. 1.) Will pay cash for old wooden baseball bats made in Dickson. These are typically stamped “Leathers” or “A.H. Leathers” Manufacturing, Dickson, TN, and, have a model name such as Dixie Swatter, Commodore, Volunteer, Indoor No. 31, Yankee Winner, Sneex, etc. 2.) If you have any of these bats, even if you don’t want to sell them, he is compiling a historical portfolio of these bats and would love to document and include yours. Please call or text (615) 943-4384.
  17. tiny little male kitty to give away ,work table 30 , lace up zipper boots that look like tennie shoes 10…..615-266-8076
  18. for sale: 4 tires – 225/60R/17 good condition $55/all ……pool table w/ all accessories $125…..air hockey table w/ all accessories $125…both tables $225 firm….call 615-351-5191
  19. 2 dogs….jack russel…lab mix……pet carrier $25…615-920-3688
  20. blue heeler puppies….931-494-1161
  21. bakers rack $50….running boards for ford F150, extended cab, chrome $75 OBO….615-714-8763
  22. young female registered boar goat nanny $200…412-5311
  23. 5th wheel hitch, side tilt hitch, $300…615-516-2574 or 615-412-3096
  24. aluminum tool box, diamond plate, lock works,..for small truck $100….330-3472
  25. compound bow, sights & quiver, w/ few arrows…$40/firm…..615-763-6206
  26. house for sale: 205 sunset rd, 3BR & bath and a half….large garage, back porch, living room with fireplace..kitchens redone.…..9 x 12 area rug….441-1541
  27. looking set of hunting coveralls…xl or 2xl…446-0976
  28. 1995 Hydrasport dual console bass boat……brand new pro form xp digital treadmill..$200 OBO…allegro tunnel fan,  615-973-7197
  29. antique buffet & antique fainting couch $1000/both….360-528-1461
  30. 2005 Pontiac grand prix for sale,1993 ford f-150 2-wd , 2000 v-star motor cycle, and looking for seasoned fire wood… call 615-686-3025
  31. Allis Chalmer tractor $800……2 truck toppers…fiberglass & aluminum…615-881-6814
  32. 165 ferguson chopper $4200 ..615-406-1183
  33. 30ft gooseneck trailer $4000…..0-turn 2012 troll in mower….931-206-9235
  34. black leather motorcycle jacket size 44 $45….black leather motorcycle vest size 2xl, new, ……2 animal cages…446-6421
  35. 1992 Ford F150, automatic, 1 ton dually…$3000….615-812-4124
  36. 88 Nissan, motor been rebuilt, runs great $850…..looking for CDL drivers, call 615-613-1205
  37. 2 piece wedding gown, size 3, $70 davids bridal..615-603-6929
  38. 1986 Mercedes 190D…5spd….needs work, does run…40mpg…$600 OBO……557-2394 or call later 763-0635
  39. 4 wire cages for sale….kitchen table w/ 4 chairs…looking for DS games…615-441-5266
  40. 6 x 12 utility trailer w/ dove tail….looking for a small car 2006 or newer…615-686-8588
  41. looking for a used gas wood splitter….931-729-5859
  42. outside antenna $30…..seasoned blackwood $50/rank….radio w/ cassette player, works great $25…708-4558
  43. free Organ, good shape….797-3018
  44. 1989 Grand Am Pontiac, 1 owner, 85k miles…..1997 Toyota Accord, 185k miles……Asphalt roller, 615-788-2563
  45. looking for 3 – 4 BR home for rent…615-202-1479
  46. 10hp craftsman generator, …..female beagle hound for sale…. 931- 994-7090
  47. cast iron stove, …615-218-7572
  48. 6ft scallop dist $350….2 Horse trailer, $850…B71 Kubota tractor w/ belly motor & 4ft box blade $3400…789-5352
  49. man tunes pianos & organs….. 797-4312
  50. mows yards…. 308-1597
  51. looking for good chest of drawers….looking for old ladies costume jewelry, dresses etc…looking for old religious pictures…306-3459
  52. Ammco Brake Lathes…$500….looking for 4ft rake for behind tractor….310-5488
  53. 2001 Mustang convertible, needs top & windshield…$1250……441-3930
  54. 7 Paula Dean books…$50 OBO…husky work bench, $125…..5lug factory rims, $150/set…952-3875
  55. 2 heavy duty security doors, w/ lock & key…32in & 36in…$100/each…..whirlpool washing machine $75…..3pt hitch backhoe unit, $3000…585-1487
  56.  have a natural gas home heating stove for sale its in good condition its a good morning stove and I’ll take a hundred and the number is 615 218 6416
  57. bird for sale, velvet green w/ blue, $500/with cage…..931-623-2688
  58. portable dishwasher w/ butcher block…white w/ black door…..615-604-2717
  59. 5ft box blade $225…..set of metal side boards for a pickup, ….set of 6 lug wheels, 30/950/15….free turnip greens….615-799-0976
  60. 6ft box blade $200….712-1558
Drivers license photo of burglary suspect Frank Moore.

Drivers license photo of burglary suspect Frank Moore.

Police brought in a helicopter Monday to assist in the search for a burglary suspect in the Rock Church Road area. According to an alert sent out by the Dickson County Sheriff’s Office, an Illinois man fled on foot after a homeowner caught him breaking into a residence on Home Place Road off Rock Church, east of Highway 48 between Dickson and Charlotte. A second suspect was apprehended in a vehicle in the area. Police are looking for 52-year-old Frank Moore. He is described as a white male, 5’9” tall, weighing 190 pounds. He has gray hair and was last seen wearing a brown, hooded sweatshirt. The report says Moore was caught in the act of committing an aggravated burglary by the homeowner and fled the area. Moore is reported to have an extensive criminal history in Illinois. Police searching the area stopped an SUV on Rock Church Road and arrested another Illinois man they believe is an accomplice. His name has not been released. A Tennessee Highway Patrol helicopter was brought in to assist with the search but as of Monday night Moore had not been captured. Police advise anyone spotting Moore to not approach him but to call central dispatch immediately at 446-8041 extension 0 or dial 911.

Rep. Mary Littleton

Rep. Mary Littleton

Jane Crisp

Jane Crisp

The candidates for the 78th District seat in the Tennessee House of Representatives will answer questions in a forum on the Power Lunch program Wednesday on WDKN and The One FM. Republican incumbent Mary Littleton and Democratic nominee Jane Crisp have agreed to participate in the radio forum at 11:30 am. Littleton won her first term in 2012, topping six Cheatham County candidates in the GOP primary for the open seat, then beating White Bluff Mayor Linda Hayes in the general election. Hayes had beaten Crisp in the Democratic primary. Both candidates were unopposed in their respective primaries in August. A Dickson resident, Littleton has been active in the Republican Party for several years and was working in a field office for U.S. Rep. Stephen Fincher before deciding to run for office when incumbent Phillip Johnson announced he would not seek re-election two years ago. An attorney who formerly worked for the Tennessee Department of Human Services, Crisp is the owner and operator of Chigger Ridge Bed and Breakfast in Pegram. Redrawn after the 2010 census, the 78th District includes all of Cheatham County and the eastern half of Dickson County. The forum will consist of questions asked to the candidates who will be given equal time to answer and then an additional opportunity to respond as well as opening and closing statements. The Power Lunch airs 11:30 am-12:30 pm on WDKN and The One FM and streams live at and

The Dickson County school system plans to use the $6 million the county is able to borrow to address security and safety upgrades, maintenance issues impacting the learning environment and increase energy efficiency. Director of Student Services Steve Sorrells presented a plan to the county commission Monday night that addresses issues within those three target areas as phases I and II of a facilities improvement plan. Sorrells said the $6 million will not address all of the school system’s immediate needs, but school officials are working with C&I Design to identify priorities and ways to stretch the dollars to make the most impact. “As you are well aware, many of our facilities are aged but they’re still very sound. The foundation is there, there’s just some upkeep and some maintenance that needs to be addressed and looked at,” Sorrells said. The first priority Sorrells listed is proposed safety and security upgrades that include creating secure entrances, installing camera systems and more with an estimated price tag of $735,000. Sorrells said the second priority is addressing facility needs as they relate to improving the school environment. A major portion of that phase is repairs and upgrades to restrooms across the system. Under the third goal of improving energy efficiency, Sorrells said that includes major repairs to or replacement of heating and cooling systems at several campuses with the hope that the improved efficiency will create a savings for the system. “We understand and know that if we save a dollar or two off the electric bill, well that’s a dollar or two that we can spend on buying textbooks. What we’re really interested in would be finding that alternative revenue source that we could utilize in our own budget without having to come every so often to the county commission and leaning on you,” Sorrells said. Some of the itemized proposals presented Monday night include $400,000 for a new roof at Dickson County High School, $613,000 in restroom upgrades, $1.3 million for door and window replacements, $66,000 to repair a leak in the Creek Wood High School gym, $321,000 in HVAC repairs and $1.3 million to $2.4 million for replacing heating and cooling systems. Sorrells said the school system also is developing an ongoing plan to keep its buildings from falling behind on maintenance issues. “The needs that we might be looking at would exceed the amount of revenue that we’re looking at putting in place right now. So our task would be to take what’s left over and how that might be budgeted through the 2016 through the 2020 school years,” Sorrells said. Under what he calls Project Cooperation, Mayor Bob Rial says the county can borrow $6 million without needing a property tax increase to cover the additional debt. The school system has committed $1.6 million from its reserves and capital outlay budget to assist with the funding. Rial said he will be prepared to present a borrowing proposal to the commission at its Nov. 3 work session.

Unable to get answers to all their questions, Dickson County commissioners postponed a vote on contracting with a company to handle past-due billing for the county’s solid waste fee. Under the proposed contract, Pinnacle Data Systems would produce and mail a postcard notice each month to residents who are 90 or 120 days late in paying the county’s $10 sanitation fee. Pinnacle conducts billing for Dickson Electric System, which includes the sanitation fee bill. But the Dickson County Solid Waste Management Department is currently printing and mailing a letter by hand for past-due accounts. Superintendent Jim Lunn has estimated it costs his department about $1.83 per late notice mailed. While the contract with Pinnacle offers several options for services, Lunn has said it would cost 15 cents per notice for the company to generate and mail the cards. Since Pinnacle handles billing for DES, it already has the database for mailing the notices. But with Lunn not present at Monday’s meeting, attorney Brian Ragan was unable to answer all the commissioners’ questions when he presented the contract for their consideration. Ragan said Pinnacle is not being hired as a collection agency to go after past-due accounts, but is proposed just for producing and mailing the late notices. “They’re not going to be a billing company in terms of they send out a bill in their name and they receive money on behalf of the county. It’s simply going to be more of a printing service, where, as opposed to Mr. Lunn having staff hired at his facility to prepare the letters and fold them and mail them out, this company will take the data that is already on file through the Dickson Electric System and once a customer becomes so many days past due, then it will generate a postcard notice that will go out to that customer as to the past-due status of the payment of their solid waste fees,” Ragan said. Ragan said the contract was modified to include a “90-day out” that would allow the county to end the agreement if it determines there is a more efficient way of handling the past-due notices. Commissioner Cotton Dawson asked what the total cost of the service will be, but Ragan said that will be determined by the services the county chooses from the menu within the contract. Lunn has said an exact cost will be determined by how many people are late in paying the fee, but Ragan said Monday it is not expected to exceed $10,000 a year. Funds to pay for the service would come out of the solid waste department’s budget and Mayor Bob Rial said the fee is currently generating enough money to cover the additional cost. But several commissioners appeared uncomfortable voting on the contract without more definitive information on the cost. The commission voted 9-1 to defer the contract to its Nov. 3 work session when Lunn could be present to answer their questions. Commissioner Shane Chandler cast the only dissenting vote and commissioners Kelly Sesler Weatherspoon and Tony Adams were absent.