CC Notes – July 20th 2015
All were present for the July 20th, regularly scheduled monthly meeting with the exception of Commissioners Elbert Farley and John Kinnunen. The first item of business was approval of a bond for Director of Schools, Donald Andrews. This $100,000 bond is similar to many other county positions in that it is required of the job. The bond was approved 16 – 0.
The first resolution of the evening was to authorize the county to apply to the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development for the Community Development Block Grant for Disaster Funds. The County is eligible for a maximum of $250,000 that could be used towards our new communication system. The previously approved $2.5 million would be used as the matching funds if the application is approved. The resolution was approved in a 16 – 0 vote.
The 13th Judicial District Drug and Violent Crime Task Force consists of Clay, Cumberland, DeKalb, Overton, Pickett, Putnam and White Counties. The purpose of the task force is to help consolidate the effort, information, experience and resources of the individual law enforcement agencies within the Judicial District in order to effectively investigate drug and violent crime cases. The second resolution of the evening was the Interlocal Cooperation Agreement between these counties that details the governance of the Task Force. The resolution was passed unanimously.
The next resolution was an agreement to retain the Knox County Regional Forensic Center to provide Medical Examiner autopsy and autopsy related services for Cumberland County. The service charges have increased five percent. The resolution passed 16 – 0.
The lease agreement between State of Tennessee Department of Environmental and Conservation and Cumberland County was set to expire on June 30. A new agreement has been submitted for a term spanning from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016 with the State paying the County $350 per month for office space in the Courthouse. The resolution to approve the lease was approved 16 – 0. A one year extension of the Downtown Crossville Incorporated Lease and Agreement was also approved unanimously.
A resolution appointing Joseph L. Tryring as a Judicial Commissioner for a four year term that begins July 20, 2015 was approved upon recommendation from Circuit Court Clerk Larry Sherrill, and Judicial Commissioner Director Herbert Blevins. The resolution was approved unanimously.
Cumberland County requires residential building code inspections. As such, the County must adopt a version of the International Residential, Mechanical, and Plumbing codes to follow during these inspections. A resolution was passed adopting the 2012 edition of those codes, including appendixes, but omitting section R313.2 and subsections. The omitted section deals with one and two family dwelling sprinkler systems. The resolution also opts out of the 2012 version of the International Energy Conservation Code and adopts the 2009 version. The resolution was approved13 – 3 with Commissioners Carter, Claflin, and Lowe voting against.
The final resolution of the evening was for the County to join with the City of Crossville to exercise an option on industrial property off Highway 70 North across from the Community Complex that is commonly known as the Swallows Property. The option to purchase would be for six months with a possible 90 day extension. The option is at no cost to the county, but will allow a chance to explore the potential that the property may have for future Industrial Development. Some expressed concerns with the property for building for industrial purposes. This resolution in no way commits the county to purchase the property nor does it commit any funds. The resolution simply gives the county the first option to buy should an industrial need arise. The vote was 14 – 2 in favor of the resolution with Commissioners Rimmer and Geisler voting against.
EMS revenue ended the fiscal 2014 – 2015 year at $3,310,000 against a budget of $3,000,000. The BOE sales tax revenue for the fiscal year ended $208,642 above projections. The budget was approximately $8 million with the actual collections around $8.2 million.
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Board of Commissioners
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