September 2016 Agenda
Resolution A – Resolution to spend $285,000 in roof repairs to the Courthouse
The Greene County Courthouse roof has been an issue for several years. The leaking and other problems could lead to even more major costs down the road if not fixed. These repairs will include a warranty. I voted in favor of the resolution. It passed 17-0 with 1 abstention.
Resolution B – Request that the Tennessee General Assembly allow EMS members to be included in the Mandatory Retirement Age and Supplemental Bridge Benefits to qualifying employees
The role of government is not to create a large pool of employees. Police and fire are two of those that local governments should employ. Many local governments have also employed EMS in that same vein. The state allows police and firefighters to be included on supplemental bridge benefits, so I believe it is natural for EMS to be included on that option as well. It does bother me that it includes a mandatory retirement age. I oppose that, but this simply requests the state to change policy to allow them on that benefit. It does not force the county to allow it. I voted in favor of the resolution. It passed 14-5.
Resolution C – Allow a $3,329 transfer from one jail fund to another to cover a pay increase due to be paid to an officer but overlooked in the budget by accident
An officer was due a $3,329 increase in wages due to a promotion, but the money was inadvertently left out of the budget. This is money that was rightly due to the officer. I voted for the resolution. It passed 19-0.
Resolution D – Allow the Sheriff’s Dept. to use $2500 in donations given to the K-9 unit
$2500 was donated to the Sheriff’s Dept. for use with the K-9 unit. The commission has to allow the money to be budgeted and spent. I voted for the resolution. It passed 19-0.
Resolution E – Increase appropriations by $24,978 for salary and benefit increases not included in the budget
$24,978 was left out of the budget for salary and benefit increases that should have been put into the budget. This should have been included but a mistake was made. This was money that was owed. I voted for the resolution. It passed 19-0.
Resolution F – Release $233,276 to the Sheriff’s Dept. for equipment purchases
$233,276 was requested by the Sheriff’s Dept. for the purchase of equipment. In the budget, money was set aside for this expressed use, but the department has to request it to be released. I voted for the resolution. It passed 19-0.
Resolution G – Establish capital projects fund
A wheel tax increase was previously passed, and the money had to be budgeted according to state law. I voted for the resolution. It passed 18-1.
Resolution H – Resolution to allow $25,000 be spent on a mobile training unit which will be reimbursed by a grant
A grant was awarded to the Sheriff’s Dept. to purchase a mobile training unit. The money has to be spent out of the general fund and then reimbursed to the county. I voted for the resolution. It passed 19-0.
Resolution I – Increase the Highway Fund Budget due to higher tax receipts than originally estimated
Tax receipts came in higher than estimated causing the need to increase the Highway Fund Budget to the maximum receipt of gas tax. I voted for the resolution. It passed 19-0.
Resolution J – Committee Appointments
Mayor Crum appointed me to the following committees: Cable Franchise Committee, Ethics Committee, Greene County Historical Committee, Greene County Records Committee, and Investment Committee. I voted in favor of the appointments. It passed 19-0.
Resolution K – Change travel regulations for Greene County Departments
This sets the official policy for travel regulations for all Greene County Departments. I voted for the resolution. It passed 19-0.