County Mayor’s Notes – November 16th, 2020

This is a lengthy newsletter that contains a lot of relevant information.  Today’s COVID-19 update follows tonight’s County Commission meeting summary.

The Tennessee Department of Health and Tennessee National Guard will extend operating hours at the Cumberland County Health Department, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, November 23, and Monday, November 30 ONLY.   All 89 rural county health departments, including the one in Cumberland County, will be open Monday, November 23, through Wednesday, November 25.  County health departments will be closed and will not provide COVID-19 testing from Thursday November 26, through Saturday November 28, 2020.

There will NO COVID-19 testing on November 19, 2020 at the Cumberland Co. Health Department.  FLU SHOTS ONLY from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm.!

The Cumberland County Health Department is offering flu vaccines at no charge to the community during a special “Fight Flu TN” vaccination event November 19.

“Getting a flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself, your family and others in our community from the flu,” said Cumberland County Health Department Director Mindy Doyle. ”The flu can make you very sick, keep you away from work, school and other activities, put you in the hospital or even take your life. We urge everyone in Cumberland County who hasn’t received a flu shot yet to get one now, and this event is a great time to do it.”

The Cumberland County Health Department will provide flu shots November 19 at no cost to anyone who wishes to receive one at the Cumberland County Health Department (1503 S Main St, Crossville, TN) from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.

The Cumberland County Health Department recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone ages six months and older. The flu vaccine is especially important for infants, young children, pregnant women, adults over age 50 and those with chronic medical conditions. The flu shot remains the best protection against influenza.

For more information about the flu and getting a flu vaccine, contact your health care provider, call the Cumberland County Health Department at 931-484-6196 or visit tn.gov/health/fightflu.

Cumberland County Commission Update
The November meeting of the Cumberland County Commission was held tonight with all Commissioners present except Kyle Davis and Mark Baldwin.

APPROVAL OF CONTRACT OF PURCHASE/SALE FOR COMMERCIAL REALTY AND PERSONAL PROPERTY.  The county has been looking at either building or buying a building for the Road Department’s vehicle maintenance garage.  Both a county insurance inspector and an engineer determined the current building was unsafe.  When that occurred, Road Superintendent Scott Blaylock found a building to rent on the corner of Highway 70 and Northside Drive.  The property is actually for sale, and includes approximately 8.8 acres and multiple buildings.  The Building & Grounds Committee voted to have me negotiate the purchase of the property, known internally as the Pelfrey Property.  The price for the building and certain contents was settled at $1.55 million to be paid over three payments.  This site will be home to the Road Department, the Election Commission, and the Building Maintenance department.  The Budget Committee approved the purchase, with funds coming from Debt Service Fund Balance.  Since the money is coming from the Fund Balance, there will be no tax increase needed to fund the project.  The full commission approved the purchase agreement in a unanimous vote.

Resolutions
The following resolutions were on the agenda (resolution sponsor in parenthesis):

RESOLUTION 11-2020-1 – TO APPOINT MEMBER TO THE TRI-COUNTY INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT BOARD OF CUMBERLAND, MORGAN AND ROANE COUNTIES (Foster).  This resolution filled an unexpired term on the Tri-County IDB.  Jeff Waldo was appointed 16-0 to fill the spot that will expire January 18, 2023.

RESOLUTION 11-2020-2 TO ACCEPT OFFER(S) TO PURCHASE DELINQUENT TAX PROPERTY OWNED BY CUMBERLAND COUNTY (Hyder).  The following delinquent tax properties were approved for purchase and will now go back on the tax rolls.  The commission approved the resolution unanimously.

Offerer(s)PropertyPriceAd Fee
Jerry & Kara Trentham Jerry & Kara Trentham112L C 27.00 | 1080 Sweetgum Drive 113H E 26.00 | 1047 Sweetgum Drive$285.50 $294.60$45 $45

RESOLUTION 11-2020-3 – DECLARING K9 KENNEL TRANSPORT SYSTEM NO LONGER UTILIZED BY CUMBERLAND COUNTY AS SURPLUS PROPERTY TO BE DONATED TO THE CITY OF HARRIMAN, TENNESSEE (Norris).  The Sheriff’s Department has an obsolete kennel transport system that cannot be used by any agency in Cumberland County.  It has nominal value, but the City of Harriman is in need of one like the system no longer used by the Sheriff’s Department.  The resolution to declare it surplus and donate to the City of Harriman was approved 16-0.

RESOLUTION 11-2020-4 – BUDGET AMENDMENT, GENERAL FUND $250.00 (Kyle Davis).  Downtown Crossville Inc. has made a donation to Cumberland County for Christmas decorations at the old Courthouse downtown.  The Commission accepted the funds and amended the budget in a unanimous vote.

RESOLUTION 11-2020-5 – BUDGET AMENDMENT, SANITATION FUND, RECYCLING CENTER $65,905.00 (Lowe).  The cardboard and glass truck used for recycling is inoperable and is economically unfeasible to repair.  This resolution, approved 16-0, appropriated funds to purchase a replacement.

RESOLUTION 11-2020-6 – AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF INTEREST BEARING GENERAL OBLIGATION CAPITAL OUTLAY NOTE, SERIES 2020 OF CUMBERLAND COUNTY, TENNESSEE, IN AN AGGREGATE PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF NOT TO EXCEED ONE MILLION FIVE HUNDRED FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS ($1,550,000); MAKING PROVISION FOR THE ISSUANCE, SALE AND PAYMENT OF SAID NOTES, ESTABLISHING THE TERMS THEREOF AND THE DISPOSITION OF PROCEEDS THEREFORE; AND PROVIDING FOR THE LEVY OF TAX FOR THE PAYMENT OF PRINCIPAL THEREOF, PREMIUM, IF ANY, AND INTEREST THEREON.  This is the resolution that appropriates funding for purchase of the Pelfrey Property discussed earlier.  It was approved unanimously.

RESOLUTION 11-2020-7 – BUDGET AMENDMENT, DEBT SERVICE FUND $550,000.00 (Lowe).  This is another technical resolution related to the Pelfrey Property purchase that allocates the first payment.  It was approved 16-0.

RESOLUTION 11-2020-8 – BUDGET AMENDMENT, GENERAL FUND, COUNTY COMMISSION $94,950.00 (Lowe).  This resolution approved funds for work at the Pelfrey Property buildings to prepare them for the Election Commission, including items such as safety railing, security, networking, etc., and was approved unanimously.

FINANCIAL REPORT
EMS collections for the month were $406,347 which is $70,014 over the monthly budgeted number of $333,333.  Year to date we are $258,864 ahead of projections. 

Sales tax collections for the General Purpose School Fund came in at $919,285 which is $50,787 above projections.  Year to date we have collected $2,892,529 and are $243,137 above budget.  You may recall that the County Commission decided to have a third party conduct a revenue audit.  The increase in sales tax revenues are due in part to that audit.  We will know more soon and adjustments may be made. 

Property tax notices have been sent out, and year to date we have collected 14.1% of budget compared to 16.7% at this point last year. 

Cumulative Hotel/Motel taxes are $233,757 which is 34.9% of the budget.  The budgeted amount was revised down for this year to $668,166 from $817,283.  Last year, with the larger budgeted amount, we had collected $253,905, or 31.1% of budget, at this point.

Cumulative Prisoner Boarding collections are $99,645, or 16.54%, of the $602,396 annual budget.  Last year we were at $127,374, 17.1%, of an annual budget of $743,000.

Cumberland County Schools COVID-19 data as of Friday, November 13, 2020

  • 30 positive active student cases
  • 13 positive active staff cases
  • 461 total students quarantined due to being determined to have had close contact with another individual who tested positive.
  • 38 total staff members quarantined due to being determined to have had close contact with another individual who tested positive.

COVID-19 Update (difference from previous day)
We continue having many positive cases reported with large batches of test data.  Today we are at 406 active cases which is a new high.  Please remember to wear a mask when appropriate, social distance, wash your hands, and follow the guidelines provided by Governor Lee and the CDC.  Be smart and avoid places you feel are unsafe.

The following are the numbers from the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) for Cumberland County as of 2:00 PM today. The change from the prior day, not my prior newsletter, is in parenthesis.

406 active cases (+42)
1,787 inactive/recovered (+11)
31 deaths officially reported (+0)
2,224 positive cases (+53)
87 cumulative hospitalizations (+0)
31,277 negative tests (+405)
15.44% positivity rate – 7-day average
80.35% Inactive/Recovered
6.64% cumulative positivity rate (positive cases / positive cases + negative tests)
3.67% of residents have tested positive
0.67% of residents have active cases

These numbers are intended to be a brief summary of the information provided by the Tennessee Department of Health. More detailed information can be found at the online dashboard: https://www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov.html

A new dashboard has been released for each county.  You can now view the Cumberland County COVID-19 dashboard here:

https://covid19.tn.gov/data/dashboards/?County=Cumberland

The dashboard seems to be the last data that is updated so it can lag for several hours behind the 2:00 PM daily data release.

School level COVID-19 data is now available online.  Click this link to see the information available for Cumberland County:

https://districtinformation.tnedu.gov/covid-information/search/-1/180

Health Department Testing
The local Health Department (1503 South Main Street) is conducting drive through testing, free of charge, Monday through Friday.  EFFECTIVE TUESDAY NOVEMBER 24, 2020, the testing hours will be changed to 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM.   No doctor’s order is required, and no appointment is necessary. Anyone can be tested regardless of symptoms.

Thank you for being part of the solution and thank you for the opportunity to serve as your County Mayor.  If you are interested in hearing my thoughts and views on news, events, and activities in Cumberland County, please subscribe to my newsletter, and follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Thank you,

Allen Foster
Cumberland County Mayor
http://allenfoster.net

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Cumberland County Mayor

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