By Michael R. Moser
Cumberland County Commissioners decided on how to handle conditional donations of $10,000 for the proposed welcome center for the Big South Fork national park, along with several other routine items of business during the regular February commission meeting.
Private citizens donated a total of $10,000 to the county to be used for the construction of the Big South Fork Visitor's Center to be built off I-40 in Cumberland County. The only restrictions placed on the funds is that if the center "is not completed and opened for business as planned adjacent to I-40 on River Otter Dr.," that the funds be returned to the donors.
State law requires formal action to accept the funds by the county, but Commissioner Carmen Lynch questioned as to why the funds were being placed in the county's general fund instead of a capital fund created by amendment to the budget.
County Finance Director Nathan Brock responded that it would not be a problem to handle the money either way, and commissioners were in agreement that the money be tabbed as a capital fund income for the project.
In other action, commissioners took the following action:
•APPROVED a resolution on request of Commissioner Sonya Rimmer approving a recommendation from the Joint Economic Development Board, made up of city and county representatives as well as citizens at large, requiring that panel to meet four times a year instead of eight. The change is in compliance with state law.
•TABLED at the request of Rimmer approval of a resolution requiring mechanical inspections of residential home construction to allow the environmental committee time to review the resolution and changes. State law now requires the inspections. Presently, the county contracts for the city for this service.
•APPROVED receipt of donations totaling $1,237 to the county's animal shelter with funds designated for supplies.
•APPROVED receiving a $664 state grant on behalf of the library, to be matched, for the purchase of $1,328 worth of data processing equipment.
•APPROVED receipt of $5,788 from the library, representing generated fees and collections for December and January, and increasing library expenditures by the same amount.