Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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April 12, 2013

Panel OKs $93K amendment for sheriff's department

CROSSVILLE — A $93,000 budget amendment for the sheriff's department was one of a few amendments approved by the Cumberland County Budget Committee during last week's monthly budget meeting.

Cumberland County Sheriff Butch Burgess included a letter with his request for increasing the revenue line by $93,000 for contracted prisoner boarding and using it on expenditures for $75,000 for supplies and materials and $18,000 for maintenance and vehicle repairs.

"As we are having to house state inmates for more than two years due to their budget shortfalls and Judge Warner's increased number of defendants ordered to serve 10-day sentences making it necessary to provide them with two intake packets. We have doubled our expenses for inmate care and would ask for this additional funding to get us through the end of the budget year," Burgess wrote.

He also included that the sheriff's department was averaging $6,000 per month in vehicle maintenance expenses.

"We would ask this amount to get us through the end of the budget year," he wrote.

Mike Harvel, 7th District commissioner, asked, "We seem to be having a lot of vehicle maintenance issues. What's going on?"

Ronnie Garrett, county vehicle maintenance employee, said their supplier changed brands of oil and quit manufacturing the brand the county was using and the new one is more expensive.

"Well, I guess I'd rather have them come to us for this for doing oil changes and maintaining vehicles rather than not doing it and blowing the motors up," Harvel said.

Harvel moved to approve the vehicle maintenance amendment for lubricants and oils and it was supported by Dave Hassler, 3rd District commissioner, and unanimously approved.

He then asked about the vehicle repair issues.

Garrett said the newer Dodges were requiring more maintenance and that there have been some incidents with deer running out and being struck.

"We lost one newer unit due to a deer," Garrett said.

Jeff Brown, 8th District commissioner, said he could understand why.

"I guess I'm going to say it and put this out there again. Saturday morning, I'm driving on Lantana Rd. and here comes a sheriff's deputy, no lights, no siren, running like it's an emergency and passing me at about 65. Why are they running like this when it's not an emergency? This might be the reason we're having maintenance issue and hitting deer," Brown said.

Nancy Hyder, 2nd District commissioner, made a motion to approve the $93,000 amendment for maintenance, repairs and other supplies and it was supported by Terry Carter, 6th District commissioner.

It was approved in a 6-3 vote with Harvel, Brown and John Kinnunen, 9th District, voting no.

Harry Sabine, 1st District, Hyder, Hassler, Allen Foster, 4th District; Jan McNeil, 5th District; and Carter voted in favor.

The budget committee also approved a $3,399 amendment for revenue for the Art Circle Library for fee collections for the months of February and March 2013.

The committee also unanimously approved the authorization for Cumberland County Mayor Kenneth Carey Jr. to apply and execute all documents for a litter and trash grant from the state of Tennessee through TDOT.

The county has routinely applied for and received the litter and trash collecting grant for several years.

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