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CUMBERLAND COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS’ BUDGET COMMITTEE MEETS

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The Cumberland County Board of Commissioners met last night to review several budget items. EMS Director Chris Miller reported department revenue is up just over $3,600 from budgeted amounts so far in May – and $88,116 over projections for the fiscal year. Finance Director Nathan Brock said Medicare reimbursements are included in those numbers. Accounts receivable are coming in at 60 days, which Miller said is an acceptable time frame. Miller also reported he received notification yesterday on grant approval for eight new power stretchers. Lastly, he said the department’s per-run revenue is “way up,” averaging about $400 per call.

Chris Bessler of Cumberland Securities presented a review of the county’s Series E-3-A loan with Regions Bank. The board voted unanimously to amend the existing loan through June 1, 2021, resulting in $85,000 in savings to the county over the next three years.

Last night’s scheduled discussion of the animal-shelter fee schedule has been tabled until next month, to allow for receipt of additional needed information. Eighth District Commissioner Sonya Rimmer said she was at the shelter yesterday afternoon. “Footers are poured and plumbing is going in on the FOCCAS building,” she said, adding they’re waiting on Frontier for installation of internet and phone lines.

The board voted unanimously to approve several budget line-item amendments. The first shifts $1,300 from county building maintenance to uniforms, to outfit new hires. The second moves $500 from the Community Complex’s supplies and materials to cover repairs to the facility’s communications and telephone system. The remaining three budget line items were revisions to the General Purpose School Fund: addition of $458.50 from a shoe fund to purchase shoes and clothing for needy students; a debt-service line-item correction (from principal to interest); and $80,000 shifted from Other Contracted Services to Maintenance/Repair of Buildings to fund a new 25-year metal roof for the bus garage.

Finance Director Brock spoke about the Interchange Business Park, for which the groundbreaking ceremony was conducted yesterday. The project was initially estimated to cost $924,000. The low bid came in at $848,000. The state of Tennessee has committed $500,000 and the City of Crossville and Cumberland County are each paying $250,000. Brock told 105.7 News the full cost of the project is expected to total $997,000, when construction-management fees are figured in with the earthwork and engineering costs.

Before the meeting adjourned, 6th District Commissioner Wendell Wilson mentioned the Cumberland County High School seniors’ return to the county feeder schools to meet next year’s incoming freshmen and greet younger students at the schools. Director of Schools Janet Graham said the event is called the “Senior Walk,” which provides the teachers an opportunity to see some of their former students. She said the teachers often grow teary-eyed when these big, grown-up teenagers come over to hug them – kids they might not have seen in several years. Graham said it serves as a nice reminder for the teachers of the impact they’ve had on their students’ lives. “They [the students] go back to the teachers they had for kindergarten, first, second and third [grades]… it’s nice for the kids, as well.”


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