By Gary Nelson
Commissioners on the budget committee approved a $600,000 housekeeping budget amendment in order to transfer funds into the capital projects fund to facilitate the Gateway to the Big South Fork Visitor's Center project.
Cumberland County Finance Director Nathan Brock explained the action was a "housekeeping" amendment and takes the previously budgeted funds for the BSF Visitor's Center by the county commission from an interfund capital outlay note and the amendment was necessary to show the issuance of the note.
Dave Hassler, 3rd District Commissioner, made a motion to approve the amendment and it was supported by Terry Carter, 6th District commissioner, and unanimously approved.
The committee also approved the following budget amendments:
• $1,540 for the Election Commission in order to receive a federal through state grant for data processing equipment. It is a 100 percent funded grant and no local match is required.
• $500 line item amendment for the Cumberland County Community Complex for cell phones for the staff. The cell phones are on a closed circuit, meaning only staff members can talk to one another, for communication relating to duties performed with their jobs at the Community Complex.
• $7,250 for juvenile services to pay fees for a juvenile that was held in Putnam County at its juvenile center. The cost exceeded the budgeted amount and additional funds are included for the remainder of the year.
• $7,000 for the sheriff's department in order to receive a grant to purchase law enforcement equipment.
• $25,120 for the General Purpose School Fund for the school system to receive a grant in order to purchase a portable computer lab for Cumberland County High School.
• $2,997 for the General Purpose School Fund for the school system's early childhood education program to receive funds from the state for the Pre-K program.
• $500 line item amendment for the Property Assessor's office for vehicle maintenance and repairs. Funds will come from the office supply line.
The amendments were all unanimously approved.
Commissioners Jan McNeil, 5th District; and Jeff Brown, 8th District, did not attend the meeting.