By Gary Nelson
During its February Cumberland County Commission meeting, county commissioners approved a $33,000 budget amendment for matching funds for a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for the city of Crab Orchard.
In approving the funding match, the county commission also increased the chance of much-needed improvements and upgrades being done at the 6th Disctict Fire and Cumberland County EMS station in Crab Orchard.
Crab Orchard Mayor Emmett Sherrill attended the Cumberland County Budget Committee meeting earlier this month and made the request for $33,000 in matching funds from the county. The budget committee approved the match and recommended it to the county commission.
If approved, the CDBG grant and funds from the county will be used to renovate and upgrade the county fire and EMS station in Crab Orchard.
The city of Crab Orchard is applying for the CDBG Grant. The total project is estimated at $300,000 with $267,000 in CDBG grant money. The grant requires a matching amount of $33,000.
Commissioners approved matching $33,000 for the improvements, providing the CDBG grant is approved.
The amendment was approved after a motion for approval was made by Nancy Hyder, 2nd District commissioner. Hyder's motion was supported by Mike Harvel, 7th District commissioner. It was approved in a 16-1 vote. Carmin Lynch, 9th District commissioner, voted no and Sonya Rimmer, 8th District commissioner, passed on the vote.
The county approved the matching the funds for Crab Orchard last year, but they did not receive the grant.
The county commission also approved the following budget resolution amendments:
• Resolution 02-2012-3 — a $14,100 amendment for funding from the state for site development to improve grounds at the Cumberland County Health Department, which includes a new walking trail.
• Resolution 02-2012-4 — a $24,238 amendment to receive additional funding from the state for the Cumberland County Health Department for salary adjustments to state-funded, state-contracted workers at the health department. No local match is required.
• Resolution 02-2012-6 — a $400,000 amendment to accept federal flow through money for the Cumberland County Railroad Authority for the maintenance and rehabilitation of railroad line used by Franklin Limestone Industries.
In other areas, the county commission also approved the following resolutions:
• Resolution 02-2012-1 — to allow the Cumberland County Rescue Squad to construct a concrete pad at the Cumberland County Community Complex for placement of its booth during the Cumberland County Fair.
• Resolution 02-2012-2 — to allow the Cumberland County Health Department to construct a walking trail by the health department facility.
• Resolution 02-2012-8 — to allow a St. Jude benefit at the Cumberland County Community Complex at no charge. Approved in a 16-2 vote. Commissioners Harry Sabine, 1st District, and Lynch, voted no.
• Resolution 02-2012-9 — the addition of Stonecrest Ave. and extension of Stonecrest Loop to the Cumberland County Road list.