County may not be able to conduct business

The Board of County Commissioners may only have one commissioner in attendance at their Feb. 1 regular session, limiting the ability to vote or pay bills.

Commissioner Ed Humphrey is currently in the hospital and Commissioner Archie Wilson has been absent from all sessions the past two months.

Humphrey was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma two weeks ago, after ulcers were found in his stomach.

Humphrey said a biopsy revealed the cancer, and he began chemotherapy treatments Jan. 30.

“I am doing really well,” Humphrey said from the hospital. “After I am out of the hospital I plan to be available, but I am limited from crowds.”

He said he must be careful because of his weakened immune system, but hopes to be able to attend meetings next Monday and Thursday. Neither meeting has been confirmed yet.

Wilson has been absent from all sessions in the past two months, according to Interim Administrator Stephen Rabolt.

“We’ve not received any word as to why he has been out,” Rabolt said.

Rabolt said Wilson has been contacted about the meeting, and the meeting is still scheduled for 10 a.m. Feb. 1.

“If there are two commissioners not available and their physicians provide a letter to the county the coroner can step in and do business,” Humphrey said.

Humphrey said his physician submitted a letter on his behalf and now it will depend on whether Wilson’s physician submits a letter.

“The coroner has already indicated he would be available,” Humphrey said.

Wilson has not returned calls for comment on his absence.