Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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May 16, 2012

Panel OKs $137k for roof repair

CROSSVILLE — The Cumberland County Budget Committee voted to take $137,000 from the county's fund balance in order to cover a shortfall on the roofing project for the Justice Center.

According to Cumberland County Finance Director Nathan Brock, the county had only budgeted $260,000 for the repairs to the roof based on an estimate that was given by county buildings and grounds maintenance supervisor Steve Lewis.

Brock said that estimate did not include any engineering or architectural fees.

Mike Harvel, 7th District commissioner and building and grounds committee chairman, made a motion to take the $137,000 from the county's general fund balance in order to cover the shortfall.

His motion was supported by 1st District Commissioner Harry Sabine and unanimously approved.

"I hate to do it, but we don't have a choice. We have no other avenue to chase. This has to be done," Harvel said.

"Have we got anywhere else we can get the funds from?" Sabine asked.

The county had a capital funds account of $900,000 this fiscal year for projects and purchases that included a new county fire truck, ambulance box remounts, HVAC and roofing repairs at the county archives building, purchase of a glass recycling machine and a few other projects.

"Couldn't we take the funds from that account and then if we need more we could do it then?" Sabine said.

However, according to Carmin Lynch, 9th District commissioner and budget committee chairman and Brock, the majority of those funds have already been used.

The project was put out for bid and the low bid submitted was $365,883 by Eskola, LLC of Murfreesboro.

However, the county's finance committee was unable to take any action because all of the funds were not appropriated for the project.

The finance committee will readdress the bids for the project after the amendment for the funds are approved by the county commission.

The roof at the Cumberland County Justice Center is 20 years old and has had several leaks repaired over the past few years.

"That roof's in bad shape and it's got to be taken care of. The sooner the better," Harvel said.

The county commission will address the $137,000 amendment during its monthly meeting May 21.

In other areas the committee also approved the following budget amendments:

• A $21,250 amendment to the county highway department budget for asphalt hot mix, asphalt liquid and road signs. The funds will come from the salt line due to the mild winter.

• A $1,500 amendment to the county highway department for tires. The funds will be transferred from the equipment and machine parts.

• A $4,000 amendment in the county general fund for building improvements at the Justice Center for the Judicial Commissioner's office. The funds will be transferred from the undesignated fund balance.

• An $11,100 amendment for the Cumberland County Health Department in order to receive a grant from the state for programs and equipment.

• A $10,000 amendment for the increased costs from the county coroner/medical examiner. The funds will come from the undesignated fund balance.

• A $14,000 amendment for the Cumberland County Sheriff's Department in the county general fund for the sheriff to receive a grant from the United States Office of National Drug Control Policy — Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) to fund overtime pay costs for deputies assisting in drug related investigations.

• A $13,200 amendment to the sanitation fund for commission expense to the Cumberland County Trustee's commission account for solid waste/sanitation funds exceeding budgeted amounts of revenue. The funds will come from the county's general fund, but are funded through increased revenue that has been generated through the Cumberland County Recycling Center.

• A $300,000 amendment for the Cumberland County Railroad Authority to receive a federal grant for the maintenance and rehabilitation of rail track that is currently used by Franklin Limestone and Minerals. The funds are flow-through money from the government.

The committee also approved allowing Cumberland County Mayor Kenneth Carey Jr. the authority to apply for and accept, if awarded, a litter and trash collecting grant for fiscal year 2012-'13 from the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

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