County Mayor’s Notes – June 17th, 2019
The Tennessee County Services Association held the annual Legislative Conference in late May. One of the issues discussed that will be of consequence here in Cumberland County is that of an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Transition Plan. The plan is a federal requirement and is due to the state by the end of this year. The County is required to have every building assessed as well as any roads with sidewalks. A plan is then required for transitioning to compliance with ADA regulations. This assessment and plan will likely be done by a third party.
The first meeting of the Complete Count Committee for the upcoming Census was held. Every 10 years, the US Census Bureau undertakes the mammoth task of counting all the people residing in the United States. This count affects the allocation of funding for our community’s public resources (roads, schools, etc.), how we plan for the future, and our voice in government. You can learn more about the importance of the 2020 Census and how to participate at www.2020census.gov.
I was honored to speak at the Cumberland County Memorial Day service which took place at War Memorial Park. Those interested in viewing the video may do so at:
https://www.facebook.com/mayorallenfoster/videos/442030446373514/. I also spoke in Pleasant Hill on June 6th, where we talked about how county government functions.
The June 17th meeting of the full County Commission was held with all Commissioners in attendance except Mike Speich.
The meeting began with Dr. Mark Hendrixson detailing the intake/quarantine/holding facility that FOCCAS has built to compliment the new Adoption Center that the City and County partnered on at the Animal Shelter. The new 3,200 square foot facility is scheduled for an open house celebration on July 27 from 2:00pm until 6:00pm. I thanked Dr. Hendrixson, FOCCAS, and the people of Cumberland County for supporting the animal shelter and providing this building.
The first item on the agenda included the following policies:
- Cumberland County Assessor of Property Employee Personnel Policy
- Cumberland County Election Commission Employee Personnel Policy
- Cumberland County Trustee Employee Personnel Policy
The County Commission does not have the authority to approve or make changes to these policies but they do have to be entered into the official minutes of a meeting after review by the County Attorney. A motion to place the policies into the official minutes was unanimously approved.
The following resolutions were approved (resolution sponsor in parenthesis):
RESOLUTION 06-2019-1 To approve communications funding agreement between Cumberland County Emergency Communication District, the City of Crossville and Cumberland County Tennessee (Jack Davis). This agreement replaces the interlocal agreement between Cumberland County, the City of Crossville, and the Cumberland County Emergency Communications District, known as the CCC Agreement. This agreement detailed how dispatch services would be handled in a consolidated manner by the CCC. A few years back, the Emergency Communications District pulled out of the agreement. The new agreement turns dispatching services over to Emergency Communications District instead of the CCC Board. The agreement calls for the City and County to contribute $550,000 each toward the dispatch operations for the duration of the contract, which is two years with a two-year renewal. The resolution was approved 17-0.
RESOLUTION 06-2019-2 For Cumberland County, Tennessee to adopt the Americans
with Disabilities ACT (ADA), ADA Coordinator, and Procedures (Foster). Cumberland County is required to name and ADA Coordinator, adopt a grievance procedure for resolving complaints, and post the ADA coordinator’s contact information and procedure on our website. This is another part of the ADA Transition plan discussed earlier in these notes. The resolution to make the Director of Human Resources the ADA Coordinator, and to approve the grievance procedure was approved unanimously.
RESOLUTION 06-2019-3 To approve license agreement between State of Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and Cumberland County (Wilson). This resolution was a standard lease renewal between Cumberland County and the TDEC for office space for the Ground Water Inspection Staff in the courthouse. The lease was approved 17-0.
The following resolutions are routine budget adjustments and annual cleanup from various officials and departments. They were unanimously approved by the Commission with the exception of Resolution 06-2019-7, $14,000 for repairing the Community Complex restrooms. Commissioner Blalock voted against the resolution.
RESOLUTION 06-2019-4 Budget Amendment, Drug Fund, $150.00 (Hyder)
RESOLUTION 06-2019-5 Budget Amendment, Debt Service Fund, $5,000.00 (Blalock)
RESOLUTION 06-2019-6 Budget Amendment, Highway Fund, $8,541.00 (Cooper)
RESOLUTION 06-2019-7 Budget Amendment, General Fund, Community Complex, $14,000.00 (Patterson)
RESOLUTION 06-2019-8 Budget Amendment, Sheriff-Jail, $29,881.00 (Blalock)
RESOLUTION 06-2019-9 Budget Amendment, Sanitation Fund, $34,482.00 (Cooper)
RESOLUTION 06-2019-10 Budget Amendment, General Fund, $399,796.00 (Cooper)
RESOLUTION 06-2019-11 Budget Amendment, Central Cafeteria Fund, $1,600.00 (Blalock)
RESOLUTION 06-2019-12 Budget Amendment, Central Cafeteria Fund, $5,000.00 (York)
RESOLUTION 06-2019-13 Budget Amendment, Central Cafeteria Fund, $68,675.00 (Hyder)
RESOLUTION 06-2019-14 Budget Amendment, Central Cafeteria Fund, $105,135.97 (Blalock)
RESOLUTION 06-2019-15 Budget Amendment, Central Cafeteria Fund, $135,500.00 (Blalock)
RESOLUTION 06-2019-16 Budget Amendment, General Purpose School Fund, Pre-K Instructional Materials, $3,850.00 (Hyder)
RESOLUTION 06-2019-17 Budget Amendment, General Purpose School Fund, Non-Recurring School Safety Grant Adjustment 2, $32,815.00 (York)
RESOLUTION 06-2019-18 Budget Amendment, General Purpose School Fund, Replacement Bus, $96,234.00 (Blalock)
RESOLUTION 06-2019-19 Budget Amendment, General Purpose School Fund, Audit Adjustments for Payables, $417,700.60 (Blalock)
RESOLUTION 06-2019-20 Budget Amendment, General Purpose School Fund, Additional Year End Clean-up (Blalock)
RESOLUTION 06-2019-21 Budget Amendment, General Purpose School Fund, Reserve Funds Clean-up (Hyder)
RESOLUTION 06-2019-22 Budget Amendment, General Purpose School Fund, Year End Allocations, Multiple BOE Departments (Blalock)
Sales tax collections through May were $7,982,563. The May receipts were $815,144 which is above budget by $15,661. For the year, collections are approximately $224,659 above budgeted projections. Property tax collections are at 100.9% compared to 101% at this point last year. Hotel/Motel collections are $653,672 year to date compared to $673,163 last year. That is 73.9% of the annual Hotel/Motel budgeted income compared to 83.1% last year. Prisoner boarding, which is received sporadically from the State of Tennessee, is at $615,264 for ten months which is 99.2% of budget. Ambulance collections for the month were $329,455. Year to date we have collected in excess of budgeted projections by $153,331. Gasoline was budgeted at a $2.25 per gallon and diesel was budgeted at $2.50 per gallon. Currently our weighted average cost for gasoline is $1.82 and diesel is $2.13.
Thank you for allowing me the honor of serving as your County Mayor. It is a privilege.
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