The major item on the December agenda for the Cumberland County Commission was a resolution dealing with TWRA and hog hunting. The resolution requests a private act be passed for CumberlandCounty giving CumberlandCounty land owners less restricted abilities to remove feral hogs from their property. A TWRA representative, Kirk Myles, was present at the meeting and stated his belief that the resolution seemed reasonable and should not be detrimental in any way. It was noted that Farm Bureau also supported the resolution. The resolution was passed in a unanimous vote. The full version of the resolution can be found on my website, http://AllenFoster.net, on the Documents of Interest page.
In other business, a resolution was passed to accept the 2011 Cumberland County Road List. There have been some issues in the past with how roads were added and removed from this list. The Environmental Committee has been working diligently with the Highway Department and the Cumberland County Regional Planning Commission to ensure the list is accurate.
The redistricting that was completed a few months back was officially established for the members of the Board of Education as well as the CountyCommission. In other business, several routine budget amendments were passed as was the donation of two surplus vehicles from the Sheriff’s Department to the Cumberland County BOE. The vehicles are valued at approximately $1,200 and will be used for classroom instructional purposes. The Mayor and Solid Waste Director were authorized to partner with Advocates for the Upper Cumberland, Inc. in their application for a USDA Solid Waste Management grant.
Also approved was a resolution requesting the State of Tennessee keep Taft Youth Development Center open. There has been consideration given to closing the facility due to budget constraints. The resolution states that Taft provides a high quality service to the most disturbed youth males in the State of Tennessee and that closing the facility will cause a significant decline in the economic wellbeing of Cumberland, Bledsoe, and Van Buren Counties and requests that Taft remain in operation and funded. The resolution passed unanimously.
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