By Gary Nelson
Senior staff writer
County commissioners approved budget amendments during November's monthly Cumberland County Commission meeting that included a $100,000 donation to the Art Circle Library.
According to resolution 11-2012-5 the Art Circle Library Foundation was named as the recipient of a bequest from the J. Draper Keisling estate and will receive $101,261.92.
The bequest is for the general expenses and upkeep of the library. The funds must flow through the county in order to meet state law accounting practices. The funds will go through the county library's general fund and be donated to the Art Circle Library Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) public charity.
According to the budget resolution for the funds, the Art Circle Library Foundation will administer the funds in accordance with the directions as provided by the J. Draper Keisling last will and testament.
Jeff Brown, 8th District commissioner, announced that he thought the Keisling family should get some recognition for the donation because it isn't that often an individual leaves a large bequest for a public building in the community.
The resolution was approved after a motion was made by Allen Foster, 4th District commissioner. It was supported by Jan McNeil, 5th District commissioner, and unanimously approved by the full commission.
The county commission also approved a resolution for $2,500 of funding in order to move the Veterans Affairs Office from Thurman Ave. into the lower level of the Cumberland County Courthouse.
Resolution 11-2012-2 is a $2,500 amendment which allows for some minor remodeling and furnishings in the office. The funds will be taken from the county's undesignated fund balance. $1,900 will go toward furniture and fixtures and $600 will go toward building improvements.
It was unanimously approved after a motion was made by Mike Harvel, 7th District commissioner. Roy Turner, 7th District commissioner, supported the motion.