County Mayor’s Notes – July 20th, 2020

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Today’s COVID-19 update follows the County Commission meeting notes.  I am doing these newsletters on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  I update my social media almost daily and it is the fastest way to get information.  You may want to consider following my social media on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to get this information as quickly as possible.

The July 20th, 2020 meeting of the full County Commission was held with all Commissioners in attendance except Commissioner Wendell Wilson.

The following resolutions were on the agenda (resolution sponsor in parenthesis):

RESOLUTION 07-2020-1 – TO ACCEPT OFFER(S) TO PURCHASE PROPERTY OWNED BY CUMBERLAND COUNTY (HYDER).  The following properties were sold and will return to the tax rolls with the recommendation of the Delinquent Tax Committee.  The resolution was approved unanimously.

Offerer(s)PropertyPriceAdvertising Fee
Bradley Cramer149O G 048.00 | 3001 Diego Dr, Tansi$316.40$45
Future State Trust77G B 016.00 | 349 Lakeview Dr, FFG$271.20$45
Future State Trust Future State Trust Future State Trust Future State Trust Gary L Hunt II77M C 029.00 | 244 Westchester Dr, FFG 90M D 006.00 | 241 Thrushwood Dr, FFG 90M D 045.00 | 18 King John Ln, FFG 91P H 047.00 | 104 Thornhill Ln, FFG 77J G 007.00 | 185 Snead Dr, FFG$275.60 $281.20 $260.50 $280.00 $391.80$45 $45 $45 $45 $45
Gary L Hunt II Gary L Hunt II Gary L Hunt II  90E E 001.00 | 152 Beachwood Dr, FFG 90K H 018.00 | 22 Golden Ct, FFG 90K H 019.00 | 20 Golden Ct, FFG$377.20 $488.00 $482.50$45 $45 $45

RESOLUTION 07-2020-2 – GENERAL FUND/HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT (HYDER).  The Road Department’s current garage has been deemed unsafe by an engineer.  This resolution allocated up to $2,000 per month to pay for rental on a temporary space while a new garage is built or purchased.  The resolution was approved 17-0.

RESOLUTION 07-2020-3 – REGARDING THE LEASE AGREEMENT WITH THE CUMBERLAND COUNTY FAIR ASSOCIATION, INC. (WILSON).  The Cumberland County Fair Association, Inc., has cancelled all scheduled events for the 2020 Fair “due to the COVID-19 virus and all other safeguards required to prevent the spread.”  This resolution grants the association a one-time waiver of the lease fee and gives the county the ability to rent the grounds during the previously reserved dates.  The resolution was approved unanimously.

Property tax collections ended at 101% of budget.  Hotel/Motel tax collections came in at approximately $640,000 of the $817,283 budget as revised down due to last year’s collection.  Prisoner boarding collections through 11 months were $552,000 of the $743,000 budget.  Local option sales tax collections for the BOE came in at $947,300 which is $29,207 above estimated revenue.  This is money spent by consumers in April, remitted to the State in May, and reported in June.  Overall, collections were $148,549 above the budgeted amount for the year.  EMS collections for the year were just over $4.9 million.  The annual budgeted amount was $4,000,000 so we have done well there too.  We have had some positives and negatives this budget year, but is seems we have come out somewhat better than we may have originally projected.  It seems many of the large counties may not have been so lucky.

COVID-19 Update (difference from previous day)
73 active cases (-7)255 positive cases (+2)
176 recovered (+9)
6 deaths officially reported (+0)
19 hospitalizations (+0) *
9,275 negative tests (+58)
2.68% cumulative positivity rate (positive cases / positive cases + negative tests)
0.43% percent of residents have tested positive
0.12% percent of residents have active cases

These numbers are intended to be a brief summary of the information provided by the Tennessee Department of Health. More detailed information can be found here:

The state has a new map available that gives a little more data by zip code.  To get to the map, click here:, then select the “Recent trends by Zip Code” tab and select “Upper Cumberland Region” to see the 21-Day Testing and Case Rates for various zip codes.

* Hospitalization data reflect the cumulative (total) number of cases of Cumberland County residents that were ever hospitalized from COVID-19. It does not reflect the number of people currently hospitalized.  This does not mean the patient was hospitalized in Cumberland County.  It means that a Cumberland County resident was hospitalized at some point.

Thank you for being part of the solution and thank you for the opportunity to serve as your County Mayor.  If you are interested in hearing my thoughts and views on news, events, and activities in Cumberland County, please subscribe to my newsletter, and follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Thank you,

Allen Foster

Cumberland County Mayor

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Cumberland County Mayor

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