By Gary Nelson
Senior staff writer
County commissioners approved a host of budget amendments during Monday night's meeting including one for $1.235 million for placing the Gateway to the Big South Fork Visitor's Center into its own project in a Capital Projects Fund.
Resolution 09-2013-11 — a resolution budgeting the BSF project and increasing revenues of $600,000 of notes and $625,000 of health and welfare grants and $10,000 of donations into a capital project fund, was unanimously approved after a motion was made by Sonya Rimmer, 8th District commissioner. Rimmer's motion was supported by Dave Hassler, 3rd District commissioner.
The county commission also approved the following budget amendment resolutions:
• Resolution 09-2013-2 — a $2,000 amendment for expenses related to the possible sale or lease of the old health department facility;
• Resolution 09-2013-3 — a $2,360 amendment for the Art Circle Library for fees generated in the library facilities operation;
• Resolution 09-2013-5 — a $43,881 amendment for the Cumberland County Health Department in order to allow them to receive additional funding from the state of Tennessee;
• Resolution 09-2013-6 — a $50,000 amendment for the general sessions judge in order to allow him to accept a grant for the adult drug court program. The grant is a 100 percent grant from the state of Tennessee;
• Resolution 09-2013-7 — a $55,801 amendment to receive funds from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) for energy conservation and improvements for the Cumberland County Community Complex for $52,801 and a $3,000 grant from the University of Tennessee FCE Club. The grant requires a 50 percent match of funds from the county, which will be made through in kind donations of work and resources from the county;
• Resolution 09-2013-8 — a $73,334 amendment for the Cumberland County Election Commission to accept grant money from the state to provide for upgrades to voting machines for next year's election.
• Resolution 09-2013-10 — a $635,000 amendment to take funds from the general fund (building construction) and transfer them into a special projects fund for the Big South Fork Visitor's Center project. This amendment reverses the original actions of the commission that were approved in August.