By Heather Mullinix
The budget committee of the Cumberland County Commission approved a $12,000 budget amendment to allow for increased cost of a building to house the single-stream recycling program at the recycling center.
“We bid out the new building and it came in higher,” said Mike Harvel, recycling manager and 7th District commissioner.
He recommended moving funds from the budget for solid waste equipment to the building line. Harvel explained he had planned to purchase a magnet that would help to separate metal from other recyclable materials.
“If that [conveyer system] comes in high, I can pull that off and buy it through a grant,” Harvel said.
John Kinnunen, 9th District commissioner moved to approve the budget amendment in the amount of $12,700, supported by Terry Carter, 6th District commissioner. The motion was approved, with Harvel abstaining.
The committee also approved grant applications for the solid waste department. Those include a $300,000 grant to go toward trucks and scales needed for the single-stream recycling program. There is no match required. Another is for processing used oil and also requires no local match.
The third is an equipment grant requiring a 40 percent funding match from the county. It would go toward buying containers for the recycling program.
Nancy Hyder, 2nd District commissioner, moved to approve the grant applications, with Kinnunen supporting the motion. The motion was unanimously approved.
In other business, the committee approved transferring $25,184 from the highway fund’s asphalt-hot mix line to asphalt-liquid line. Hwy. Superintendent Scott Blaylock said that would allow the department to complete more tar and chip road resurfacing by purchasing oil. Allen Foster, 4th District commissioner, moved to approve, supported by Jan McNeil, 5th District commissioner. The motion was unanimously approved.
The committee also unanimously approved a budget amendment for $12,000 to be used to purchase data processing equipment for the Clerk and Master’s office. Carter moved to approve the amendment, supported by David Hassler, 3rd District commissioner.
The committee also instructed Finance Director Nathan Brock to prepare a budget amendment for the county commission that will allow for costs for the Recreational Trails Program, which awarded $40,000 for trail enhancements at Obed River Park. There is no budget for this funding, which requires a $10,000 in-kind match by the county in the form of labor. The county will also need to make all the purchases for the improvements and then submit those to the state for reimbursement.