The March meeting of the Cumberland County Board of Commissioners was full of routine business items. The agenda will be picking up soon as we are heading toward end of year business and the annual budget meetings beginning in April.
A resolution was passed to amend the contract between the State of Tennessee, Department of Mental Health, and CumberlandCounty. The amendment extends the dates of the contract and made a few other basic language changes. A budget resolution was passed accepting a grant to the Sheriff’s Department from the Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (AHIDTA). The grant of $751 is for equipment to supplement the program. Another budget resolution was passed for the Sheriff’s Department for $85,000. The money is to be transferred to ‘Contracted Prisoner Board’ from ‘Jail – Other Charges’ and ‘Juvenile Detention – Contracts with Government Agencies’. This money is to be used to make up for the cost of housing State prisoners in the county jail as discussed in February’s edition of CC Notes.
A resolution was also passed that requests the Tennessee General Assembly to reject any legislation that passes financial obligations from the state down to the county. The basic intent is to ask the state to reject any additional unfunded mandates that might be passed on to the counties. Three more properties were sold as recommended by the Delinquent Tax Committee and will now return to the tax rolls.
The Mayor reported that he has appointed Trey Kerley to Tansi Sewer Utility District board of directors as an opening was recently created with Mike Dalton choosing not to see reappointment. A report was given concerning the Big South Fork Visitor’s Center to be built on Cook Road. Over a year ago, the City agreed to fund the required twenty percent match for construction of the facility, approximately $120,000, contingent on a lease agreement with the County for $1 annually. The City was also to pay for the annual operating expenses of the center. The lease was sent to the County and was never acted upon. At this point, the twenty percent match from the City is no longer valid. In current negotiations, the City has asked the County to fund half of the annual operating costs of the center, splitting it with the City. The operating costs are estimated to run approximately $100,000 annually, costing the County and City approximately $50,000 each. Under this agreement, the City would still fund the twenty percent match for construction. There will be more information on this project to come.
Your elected officials are hosting a benefit dinner for the victims of the recent tornado in the Rinnie area. Tickets are $10 per person or $20 for a family of four, and can be purchased at the office of any elected official, at the MiloLemertBuilding, City Hall, Good Samaritans, Plateau Lanes Bowling and Randal Boston’s law office. The money will be collected by VOAD (Volunteer Organizations Assisting in Disasters). All costs associated with the dinner have been covered so the funds raised will all go toward the relief effort. There will also be entertainment and a homemade dessert auction. The dinner is at StoneMemorialHigh School on March 31st from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
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