County Mayor’s Notes – March 15th, 2021

Cumberland County Commission Update
The March meeting of the Cumberland County Commission was held tonight with all Commissioners in attendance.  The following resolutions were on the agenda (resolution sponsor in parenthesis):

RESOLUTION 03-2021-1 – TO GRANT MIDDLE TENNESSEE UTILITY DISTRICT A PERMANENT EASEMENT – LANDFILL ROAD (BLALOCK).  MTNG is bringing additional natural gas capacity to Cumberland County by constructing a distribution pipeline.  This resolution authorized an easement on county property along the road at the landfill.  The resolution was passed unanimously.

RESOLUTION 03-2021-2 – 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 18-0.

Offerer(s)PropertyPriceAd Fee
John Bruington90F B 37.00 | 35 Hunterwood Ct.$292.30$45
Gary and Phyllis Gulledge104A H 33.00 | 109 Natchez Circle$268.20$45

RESOLUTION 03-2021-3 – BUDGET AMENDMENT, DRUG CONTROL FUND, SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, DRUG ENFORCEMENT $10,000.00 (SHERRILL).  This resolution authorized the moving of funds so the Sheriff can procure a drug dog, related equipment, and required handler training.  The resolution was approved unanimously.

RESOLUTION 03-2021-4 – BUDGET AMENDMENT, GENERAL FUND, COVID-19 GRANT EXPENDITURES, EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES $10,500.00 (NORRIS).  This grant approved CARES Act funding for installing UV lights in our ambulance fleet.  The lights will kill COVID-19 and other pathogens in approximately 90 seconds.  The resolution was approved 18-0.

RESOLUTION 03-2021-5 – BUDGET AMENDMENT, GENERAL FUND, COUNTY ATTORNEY $235,000.00 (KYLE DAVIS).  This resolution authorized additional funds for the attorney line item and was approved unanimously.

RESOLUTION 03-2021-6 – BUDGET AMENDMENT, DEBT SERVICE FUND $1,600,734.00 (KYLE DAVIS).  This resolution approved paying off the debt note recently issued for the Archives project.  This was a short-term note issued by a bank to be paid off from Debt Service Fund Balance and is a financial move to keep the county in audit compliance.  The resolution was approved 18-0.

RESOLUTION 03-2021-7 – TO APPROVE UPDATING THE CURRENT CUMBERLAND COUNTY PERSONNEL POLICY (FOSTER).  A few minor personnel policy changes were made including incorporating the Tennessee Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, and a workplace search policy.  There were a few other grammatical changes and clarifications made as well.  The entire policy will be available online this week.  The resolution was approved unanimously.

RESOLUTION 03-2021-8 – TO APPROVE THE CUMBERLAND COUNTY COMMUNITY SERVICE WORKERS HANDBOOK (FOSTER).  A handbook was approved for Community Service workers in a unanimous vote.  These workers are not employees, so the handbook was approved separately and contains many of the same provisions as the employee handbook.  This will also be available online this week.

FINANCIAL REPORT
EMS collections for the month were $353,230 which is $19,897 above the monthly budgeted amount of $333,333.  Last month we reported that collections were $314,227 which was $19,106 under the monthly budgeted number.  Additional funds were received last month that revised income up to $369,964 which is $36,631 above the monthly budget.  Year to date we are $480,897 ahead of projections. 

Sales tax collections for the General Purpose School Fund came in at $1,278,153 which is $193,816 above projections.  Year to date we have collected $7,105,638 and are $747,954 above budget.  I have mentioned before that the County Commission decided to have a third party conduct a revenue audit.  The increase in sales tax revenues is due in part to that audit.  We will know more soon, and adjustments may be made to allocate the adjustments appropriately.

Property tax collections year to date are 91.9% of budget compared to 93.8% at this point last year.

Cumulative Hotel/Motel taxes are $445,714 which is 66.71% of the budget.  The budgeted amount was revised down this year to $668,166 from $817,283.  Last year, with the larger budgeted amount, we had collected $484,533, or 59.3% of budget, at this point.

Cumulative Prisoner Boarding collections are $236,396, or 39.19%, of the $602,396 annual budget.  Last year we were at $368,277, 49.6%, of an annual budget of $743,000.

Cumberland County Population Vaccinated as of Prior Day (recipients)

  • Number of vaccines reported: 21,606 *
  • County Population with at least one dose of any manufacturer: 22.28% (13,484)
  • County Population with Series Initiation (1 dose of Pfizer / Moderna): 8.78%
  • County Population with Series Completion (2 doses of Pfizer / Moderna OR 1 dose of Johnson & Johnson): 13.51% (8,173)

*Number of shots given including first and second doses.

State Vaccination Dashboard:
https://data.tn.gov/t/Public/views/TennIISCOVID-19VaccineReporting/SUMMARY?:showAppBanner=false&:display_count=n&:showVizHome=n&:origin=viz_share_link&:toolbar=no&:embed=yes

COVID-19 Update (difference from previous day)
The following are the numbers from the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) for Cumberland County as of the date of this newsletter. The change from the prior day, not my prior newsletter, is in parenthesis.

82 active cases (+2)
6,002 inactive/recovered (+2)
123 deaths officially reported (+0)
6,207 positive cases (+10)
143 cumulative hospitalizations (+0) *
11.08% positivity rate – 7-day average
96.70% Inactive/Recovered
11.73% cumulative positivity rate (positive cases / positive cases + negative tests)
10.26% of residents have tested positive
0.14% of residents have active cases

Remember:

  • If you feel sick, get tested.
  • STAY HOME after being tested until you get your result.
  • Wear a mask when appropriate.  It is not a political statement; it is about everyone’s health.
  • Practice social distancing.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Follow the guidelines provided by Governor Lee and the CDC. 
  • Be smart and avoid places you feel are unsafe.

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

* Hospitalization data reflect the cumulative (total) number of cases of Cumberland County residents that were ever hospitalized AT ANY HOSPITAL from COVID-19. It does not reflect the number of people currently hospitalized.

Vaccination Phase Update
The 89 Health Departments operated by the State of Tennessee, including the Cumberland County Health Department, has now moved into the 1c risk phase for vaccinations which includes high risk comorbidities.

Vaccination and Testing Locations
COVID-19 vaccination and testing are both conducted at the Community Complex grounds on Livingston Road.  Although both are on the same grounds, the locations are different.  Vaccinations are held closest to the Taco Bell entrance on the Highway 127 side of the grounds, and are located close to the 3-way stop at Industrial Boulevard and Livingston Road.  Testing is located closest to the Farmers Market entrance on the West Avenue (Highway 70N) side of the grounds.

Please watch the signs as they are located to help you get in the correct line.

COVID-19 testing will be offered Monday through Fridayfrom 10:00 am until 1:00 pm.

Self-testing for individuals over age 18 will be offered on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  Smartphone with internet and email are required for everyone on self-testing days.  CCHD will provide COVID-19 testing on Tuesdays and Thursdays with the assistance of health department staff.

COVID-19 Information and Vaccine Key Links

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Thank you,

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