Nancy Bell takes helm of county commission

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By Lou Elliott Jones, Editor

“I’m just glad we got a quorum and got our first meeting done.”

That was the sentiment of Levy County Commissioner Nancy Bell as she chaired her first commission meeting in the wake of bribery charges and the suspensions of two commission members.

While Bell never expected to take the gavel in such a situation, she appeared relieved that the first meeting was over. But the new job has new responsibilities.

The 35-minute meeting had her signing paperwork for at least 15 minutes afterward.

One change the public can expect is Bell’s distaste for non-agenda items to be brought up at meetings. Levy County  Fire Chief Rick Bloom brought a non-agenda item to the meeting and it was the first 2-1 vote of the downsized board. Bell voted against bringing up the item to allow Bloom to spend $3,641.48 to re-paint a fire truck.

“I always want to know the who, what, when, where and how much will it cost,” said Bell, an accountant. “I always ask because not only do I want to know that information, I think the public wants to know it too.”

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