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March 24, 2014

County OKs budget amendments for CoLinx expansion

CROSSVILLE — The Cumberland County Commission approved a $707,500 budget amendment in order to manage flow through grant money from the state of Tennessee for a facility expansion at CoLinx — resolution 03-2014-7.

An interlocal agreement was previously approved between the county and the city of Crossville for the city to administer the grant funds, received by the county, from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development FastTrack Infrastructure Development Program to assist CoLinx with the expansion of its facility.

The state requires the grant proceeds to process through the county and the county, upon receipt of the grant funds, shall reimburse the city of Crossville payments administered by the city under the program.

The company has committed to a multi-million dollar expansion, adding roughly 65 jobs and retaining more than 700 jobs in the county, according to the agreement.

The CoLinx expansion is a 210,000 square-foot facility expansion and a $10 million investment by the company. It was unanimously approved after a motion for approval was made by Sonya Rimmer, 8th District commissioner. Rimmer's motion was supported by Jan McNeil, 5th District commissioner.

The county also approved the following budget resolution amendments during its March monthly meeting:

• Resolution 03-2014-4 — a $543 amendment for the Art Circle Public Library to allow the library to accept donations in the amount of $543.

• Resolution 03-2014-5 — a $90,226 budget amendment for the operation of the Crossville-Cumberland County Big South Fork Visitors Center. The amendment takes the funds the city contributed toward the operation of the facility and transfers them, as well as the other half of the operational costs from the county, so they can be used according to the agreement between the county and the Crossville-Cumberland County Chamber of Commerce, who will operate the facility.

• Resolution 03-2014-6 — a $52,748 budget amendment for the Cumberland County Health Department because the health department has received funding from the state of Tennessee Tobacco Settlement monies. The funds will go toward prevention and cessation to include in-house programs and partnering with Head-Start and teen organizations. The grant requires no local funding match and is 100 percent funded by the state tobacco settlement money.

Charles Seiber, 4th District commissioner, did not attend the meeting.

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