A couple of weeks ago I gave you an update on the broadband grant applications that are being worked on. I will have more information on those efforts in the coming weeks, so stay tuned and be ready to react if we have more requests for information.
We have also had great news concerning grants in other areas as well. The Assistance to Firefighters grant finally came through for our Fire Department. The grant is for $571,610 and requires a 10% match from the county. The money will be used to replace our SCBA packs, aka the air packs, used for breathing. This is great news considering the full amount had been budgeted in case the grant didn’t come through. The county also received a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for South Cumberland Utility District (SCUD) to extend water services to customers in the southern portion of the county. The grant is for $468,865 with SCUD providing additional funding for the project. Finally, we were successful in teaming with the City of Crossville in obtaining a $50,000 ThreeStar grant from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (TNECD). This money will be used for branding and creating a cohesive marketing message that will be valuable for tourism as well as retail and industrial development. Finally, our EMS Department received a grant for additional video laryngoscopes, in the amount of $6,750 from CPRA, Inc. It should complete the process of adding them to all of our ambulance units. All told, that is approximately $1.1 million in grants that we just received.
These grants are truly a team effort. So many are involved I would hate to try and list them all as I would forget someone. Suffice it to say, it takes county and city employees as well as the public to make these happen. Thank you to everyone involved.
Finally, I want to mention the work that has been going on at our Animal Shelter. A little over a year ago, the adoption center was opened. During the first week of October, the staff was able to get the new intake and quarantine building open. We have also completed our policies and procedures as well volunteer guidelines. Check us out at the county website, www.cumberlandcountytn.gov!
The October 21st meeting of the full County Commission was held with all Commissioners in attendance except Charles Seiber. Commissioner Seiber was sick and unable to attend.
The following resolutions were presented to the Board of Commissioners for consideration (resolution sponsor in parenthesis):
RESOLUTION 10-2019-1 – Budget Amendment, General Fund, Library $2,997.00 (Lowe). This resolution was to allow the Art Circle Public Library to accept funds from the State of Tennessee for computer technology. The matching amount will come from already allocated capital funds. The resolution was approved 17-0.
RESOLUTION 10-2019-2 – Budget Amendment, General Fund, Sheriff’s Department $3,461.00 (Cooper). This resolution moved funds designated to improve and maintain computer technology at the Sheriff’s Department and was adopted unanimously.
RESOLUTION 10-2019-3 – Budget Amendment, General Fund, Health Department $3,853.15 (York). This resolution allocated the last of the tobacco funds for instructional supplies and materials for cessation programs and was approved 17-0.
RESOLUTION 10-2019-4 – Budget Amendment, General Fund, EMS Department $6,750.00 (Hyder). This resolution approved the funds for the video laryngoscopes mentioned earlier in a unanimous vote.
RESOLUTION 10-2019-5 – Budget Amendment, General Fund, County Clerk $8,550.00 (York). These funds will be used to scan existing county meeting records into an electronic format making the documents easily searchable. The amendment was approved 17-0 with the funds coming from the restricted revenue for the County Clerk Office technology.
RESOLUTION 10-2019-6 – Budget Amendment, General Purpose School Fund, Bus Driver Incentives, $100,000.00 (Wilson). This resolution moved funds from the BOE maintenance line item to bus driver incentives. The resolution was passed unanimously.
RESOLUTION 10-2019-7 – Budget Amendment, General Fund, Sheriff’s Department, $109,115.00 (Hyder). The Sheriff’s Department received a $150,000 grant from the US Department of Justice for sex offender sentencing, monitoring, apprehending, registering and tracking. It is a 100% federally funding grant with no local match required with the money spent over 3 years. The resolution was approved 17-0.
RESOLUTION 10-2019-8 – Authorizing Cumberland County Art Circle Public Library & Archives approval to apply for a grant from the State of Tennessee, Department of Library and Archives (Lowe). This grant would be for maintenance on the archives building. The grant is for $100,000 with a required $100,000 match. The matching funds have already been reserved from Archive &Records Management fees. The resolution was approved unanimously.
RESOLUTION 10-2019-9 – Authorizing the issuance of interest bearing General Obligation Capital Outlay notes, series 2019 of Cumberland County in aggregate principal amount of not to exceed Four Hundred Twenty Thousand Five Hundred Twenty-three Dollars ($420,523); making provision for the issuance, sale and a payment of said notes, establishing the terms thereof and the disposition of proceeds therefrom; and providing for the levy of tax for the payment of principal thereof, premium, if any, and interest thereon. This resolution allocated the final amount of reserve funds for the Crab Orchard building project and was approved 17-0.
RESOLUTION 10-2019-10 – A resolution to accept offer from Lynne and Michael Kapalin to purchase property owned by Cumberland County (Hyder). The Delinquent Tax Committee recommended an offer of $254.50 plus a $45 advertising fee for the purchase of one parcel. This will return the property to the tax rolls after it had been removed due to property taxes not being paid for several years. The resolution was approved unanimously.
RESOLUTION 10-2019-11 – A resolution to accept offer from Lynne and Michael Kapalin to purchase property owned by Cumberland County (Hyder). The Delinquent Tax Committee recommended an offer of $261.70 plus a $45 advertising fee for the purchase of one parcel. This will return the property to the tax rolls after it had been removed due to property taxes not being paid for several years. The resolution was approved unanimously.
RESOLUTION 10-2019-12 – A resolution to accept offer from Kathleen Trevino to purchase property owned by Cumberland County (Hyder). The Delinquent Tax Committee recommended an offer of $325.70 plus a $45 advertising fee for the purchase of one parcel. This will return the property to the tax rolls after it had been removed due to property taxes not being paid for several years. The resolution was approved unanimously.
RESOLUTION 10-2019-13 – Authorizing the Mayor of Cumberland County to approve a proposal with the Tennessee Department of Transportation for State Project No 18008-2227-14 (MacLeod). This project is a part of the Highway 127N road widening from near Hollow Lane to near Lowe Road. The resolution was approved 17-0.
RESOLUTION 10-2019-14 – Adopting regulations governing wind energy facilities (MacLeod). You may recall the wind turbine legislation passed by the General Assembly recently. Part of that legislation required County Technical Assistance Service (CTAS) to provide a model resolution for the process required to apply for wind energy facilities. This resolution was based off of that CTAS model and was approved unanimously.
RESOLUTION 10-2019-15 – Support for providers applying the Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Grant (Foster). The final resolution of the evening was one in support of all the broadband grants applications that are currently underway. The resolution in support of the efforts of providers in our area was passed unanimously.
Local option sales tax collections in September came in at $865,871 which is $9,923 above estimated revenue for the second month of the new budget year. October revenue was approximately 846,000 which is about $16,000 below budget. Overall, we are approximately $12,000 below the budgeted amount year to date. Hotel/Motel tax collections are approximately 22% of the $817,283 budget as revised down due to last year’s collection. So far $181,309 have been collected. Property taxes are starting to come in and stand at 7.2% of budget. Prisoner boarding is at 7.6% of budget at $56,823 collected. EMS collections for the month were $380,500. This puts year to date collections at $1,002,312 which is $2,313 above budget.
It is an honor to serve as your Mayor.
Thank you for the privilege.
Cumberland County Mayor