January 16, 2018 Voting Record

January 2018 Agenda

The Greene County Commission meeting for January was cancelled.

Resolution A – A RESOLUTION TO AMEND THE GREENE COUNTY SCHOOLS  BUDGET FOR THREE THE SAVE THE CHILDREN GRANTS

The school system was awarded a grant.  This requires approval of the County Commission to be reimbursed.  A vote did not occur due to cancellation.

RESOLUTION B – A RESOLUTION TO AMEND THE GREENE COUNTY SCHOOLS BUDGET FOR MIDYEAR CHANGES IN REVENUES & EXPENDITURES FOR FISCAL YEAR 2017-2018

The school system received increased revenue that it must get permission to spend.  A vote did not occur.

RESOLUTION C – A RESOLUTION TO GRANT AUTHORITY THE GREENE COUNTY MAYOR TO ENTER INTO AN AGREEMENT WITH AN OUTSIDE CONTRACTOR FOR UP TO $2000 TO INSPECT PROPERTY ADJACENT TO THE GREENE COUNTY ANNEX LOCATED AT 211 HALL ST.

A property next to the Annex is for sale  The county is considering purchase.  This would spend money to have it inspected to see what would be required to use it.  The property is in an ideal location as it is next to the annex.  We do not need to get into the property owning business, so without a specific purpose and potentially a downsizing of already owned property, I oppose.  A vote did not occur.

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August 14, 2017 Ethics Committee Voting Record

The purpose of this meeting was to respond to two separate complaints from Commissioner Eddie Jennings:

1) That Road Superintendent David Weems used a County Road Department vehicle to  promote his political campaign by placing campaign signs on the vehicle during the 4th of July parade.

2) That Commissioner Robin Quillen threatened him with bodily harm during the June County Commission meeting.

Complaint 1: Chairman Cobble asked Commissioner Jennings to provide any additional information he had about the incident. He did so, including a photograph of the County vehicle with the campaign signs.

Mr. Weems responded that the sign was supposed to have the campaign-related phrase taped over so that the sign just identified him as the official in the parade. He indicated the tape must have come off and apologized again as he has done publicly several times.

The Committee then had a wider discussion about the applicability of this incident to the Ethics Committee. County Attorney Woolsey briefed the Committee on Ethics Committee duties as interpreted by the County Technical Assistance Service (CTAS).

After discussion John Waddle made the motion that the Ethics Committee recommend to Mr. Weems that he meet with the County Budget Director and determine a fair reimbursement for the use of the vehicle during the 4th of July parade. Gerald Miller seconded the motion. After some additional discussion about alternative ways this could have been resolved, the motion passed unanimously by show of hands.

I do not believe this is something that the Ethics Committee, according to state law, is charged with.  Anything we did was a suggestion.  Commissioner Jennings had requested this specifically before the meeting.  I supported making this suggestion.  It carried unanimously.  The proper place for this, according to state law, was the state or the Sheriff’s Dept.

Complaint 2: Chairman Cobble offered the floor to Mr. Jennings for any further information. He indicated that, during the June Commission meeting, he was addressing Commissioner Butch Patterson and said words to the effect of “Butch, you may want to shoot me”, to which Commissioner Quillen quipped words to the effect of “Eddie, sometimes I’d like to shoot you.”

She acknowledged that she said it and several in attendance indicated they had heard it. However, the general consensus was that, in the context of the debate, she made the remark in jest and frustration toward the end of a very long meeting and had no actual intent to harm Commissioner Jennings.

Commissioner White made the motion to dismiss the complaint without action. Commissioner Waddle seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously by show of hands.

I voted in favor of dismissal.  I heard the statement when it was made.  It was tasteless and something you cannot say.  It is also not something the Ethics Committee is charged with handling according to state law.  If it was a perceived threat, it should have been reported to the Sheriff’s Dept.

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May 15, 2017 Voting Record

May 2017 Agenda

RESOLUTION A: A RESOLUTION FOR STATE OF TENNESSEE DEFERRED COMPENSATION PLAN 11-401 (K) – AND PARTICIPATING EMPLOYER AGREEMENT

The resolution was pulled without a vote.

RESOLUTION B: A RESOLUTION FOR STATE OF TENNESSEE DEFERRED COMPENSATION PLAN AND TRUST – 457 (B) – AND PARTICIPATING EMPLOYER AGREEMENT

The resolution was pulled without a vote.

RESOLUTION C: A RESOLUTION OF THE GREENE COUNTY LEGISLATIVE BODY AUTHORIZING THE TRANSFER OF $30,000 FOR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS AT THE GREENEVILLE/GREENE COUNTY AIRPORT FROM THE AIRPORT AUTHORITY MANAGER APPROPRIATION OF $50,000 FROM THE GENERAL FUND FOR THE FYE JUNE 30, 2017

The County Commission previously set aside $50,000 for a position that has not been filled.  They have requested $30,000 of that to use for repairs.  I do not believe the government should be involved in the airport.  It is a great thing to have locally, but it must be self-sufficient.  I voted for the resolution, but hope the county can get out from under it.  A motion to amend was made to make the expense contingent on Greeneville adding a matching fund.  I voted to add the contingency.  The motion to amend passed 19-0 with 1 abstention. I then voted against the expenditure.  It passed 17-3.

RESOLUTION D: A RESOLUTION OF THE GREENE COUNTY LEGISLATIVE BODY AUTHORIZING THE APPROPRIATION OF $3,000 FROM THE GENERAL FUND UNASSIGNED FUND BALANCE TO CODES AND COMPLIANCE IN ORDER TO CLEAN PROPERTY LOCATED AT KENNEYTOWN ROAD FOR THE FYE JUNE 30, 2017

A property came under control of the county.  It must be cleaned up.  This appropriates the money necessary.  I voted in favor.  It passed 19-1.

RESOLUTION E: THE GENERAL PURPOSE SCHOOL FUND – A RESOLUTION TO AMEND THE GREENE COUNTY SCHOOLS BUDGET FOR THE END-OF-YEAR CHANGES IN REVENUES AND EXPENDITURES FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 2016-2017

The school system received extra revenue and requested its appropriation.  I voted in favor.  It passed 20-0.

RESOLUTION F: THE GREENE COUNTY SCHOOL’S FUND SERVICE FUND – A RESOLUTION TO AMEND THE FOOD SERVICE FUND BUDGET FOR END OF YEAR CHANGES IN REVENUES AND EXPENDITURES FOR FISCAL YEAR 2016-2017

The school system food services received extra revenues and requested their appropriation.  I voted in favor.  It passed 20-0.

RESOLUTION G: A RESOLUTION TO BUDGET $600 IN REVENUE RECEIVED FROM MICOCLINIC INTERNATIONAL AND $40 IN REVENUE RECEIVED FROM FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH AS A DONATION FOR THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 2017

The Health Dept. received money it needed appropriated.  I voted in favor.  It passed 20-0.

RESOLUTION H: A RESOLUTION TO APPROPRIATE APPROXIMATELY $7,600 IN ADDITIONAL REPAIRS TO THE GREENE COUNTY COURTHOUSE FROM THE CAPITAL PROJECTS FUND FOR THE FYE JUNE 30, 2017

More money was necessary for courthouse repairs.  I voted in favor.  It passed 20-0.

RESOLUTION I: A RESOLUTION TO EXCLUDE RETIREMENT COVERAGE FOR FUTURE PART-TIME EMPLOYEES OF POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS PARTICIPATING IN THE TENNESSEE CONSOLIDATED RETIREMENT SYSTEM IN ACCORDANCE WITH TITLE 8 SECTION 34 THROUGH 37 OF THE TENNESSEE CODE ANNOTATED

This allows the exclusion of future part-time government employees from the retirement system.  I voted in favor.  It passed 20-0.

OTHER – ALLOW ROAD DEPT. TO WORK WITH SHERIFF’S DEPT. 

The Sheriff requested permission to use the Road Dept. to help with an investigation.  I normally would not vote for something that I was not fully informed of, but we were told it was of such a nature that it could not be discussed at length.  The road department would help in finding evidence.  I found no constitutional issues.  I voted for the resolution.  It passed 20-0.

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April 17, 2017 Voting Record

April 2017 Agenda

RESOLUTION A: A RESOLUTION TO SET A POLICY FOR A DRESS CODE FOR COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AT THE MESSAGE OF THE COUNTY LEGISLATIVE BODY

This resolution would have set a dress code for county commissioners.  It would have required jeans that fit correctly without holes and no shorts.  I feel that it would be out of line for me to wear jeans as I wear professional clothing.  If situations occurred where I was unable to dress accordingly, I feel it would be my duty to go to the meeting regardless.  I also feel that commissioners, as elected officials, are not accountable to me.  They are accountable to the voters.  Let the voters faithfully examine voting records, and if the voter feels dress is a factor, he or she should vote accordingly.  I just happen to feel it more important for commissioners to vote correctly.  I voted no.  It failed 3-17.

RESOLUTION B: A RESOLUTION TO CHANGE THE MONTHLY MEETING PLACE FOR THE COUNTY LEGISLATIVE BODY FROM THE COUNTY COURTHOUSE TO DIFFERENT SCHOOLS IN THE VARIOUS COMMUNITIES IN GREENE COUNTY

This resolution would have changed the commission meetings from the Courthouse to the high schools.  I feel that a permanent location and permanent time make it simpler for those who wish to attend the meetings to do so.  Placing the meetings at the corners of the county as opposed to a central location would make it more difficult.  Also, it would make it more difficult for attendees to know where to attend.  Add to that the difficulty in transporting and setting up the necessary audio and computer equipment, and I felt that this was not a good idea overall, though I commend Commissioner Jennings for seeking a way to get people more involved.  I voted against the resolution.  It failed 2-18.

RESOLUTION C: A RESOLUTION TO AMEND THE 2016-2017 FISCAL YEAR GREENE COUNTY SCHOOLS GENERAL PURPOSE BUDGET FOR CAPITAL OUTLAY PROJECTS

The schools requested money from the unassigned balance to be transferred for capital projects.  I voted for the resolution.  It passed 19-1.

RESOLUTION D: A RESOLUTION TO BUDGET COLLECTIONS FROM THE OFFICE OF THE STATE CHIEF MEDICAL EXAMINER FOR REPORTS OF INVESTIGATION TO FUND 101 — GENERAL FUND — COUNTY CORONER (#54610) FOR EYE JUNE 30. 2017

The State Medical Examiner reimburses the county for submitted reports, and EMS has requested the ability to use funds they receive from submitting those reports.  I voted for the resolution.  It passed 20-0.

RESOLUTION E: A RESOLUTION TO APPROVE CONTRACT BETWEEN THE STATE OF TENNESSEE, DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS AND GREENE COUNTY, TENNESSEE FOR REIMBURSEMENT FOR HOUSING FELONS CONVICTED IN GREENE COUNTY

The state requires housing of prisoners, so a county can enter into a reimbursement agreement.  I voted for the resolution.  It passed 20-0.

RESOLUTION F: A RESOLUTION OF THE GREENE COUNTY LEGISLATIVE
BODY AUTHORIZING THE APPROPRIATION OF $2,162 FROM FUND
101 — GENERAL FUND RESTRICTED FUND BALANCE ACCOUNT #34625 —
COMMITTED FOR PUBLIC SAFETY

This resolution allows the Sheriff’s Dept. to use donations given to them.  I voted yes.  It passed 20-0.

RESOLUTION G: A RESOLUTION TO BUDGET FOR $26,863 IN REVENUE
RECEIVED FROM VARIOUS SOURCES TO THE SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 2017

The Sheriff’s Dept. received funds from the sale of surplus vehicles and property.  This allows them to use the funds.  I voted for it.  It passed 20-0.

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March 20, 2017 Voting Record

March 2017 Agenda

RESOLUTION A: A RESOLUTION OF THE GREENE COUNTY LEGISLATIVE BODY AUTHORIZING THE APPROPRIATION OF $25,696 FROM THE SOLID WASTE UNASSIGNED FUND BALANCE FOR THE AWARDING OF THE RECYCLING EQUIPMENT GRANT TO PURCHASE DUMPSTERS

Solid waste was awarded a grant that must be paid out of their fund and then reimbursed.  I voted for the resolution.  It passed 21-0.

RESOLUTION B: A RESOLUTION OF THE GREENE COUNTY LEGISLATIVE BODY AUTHORIZING THE APPROPRIATION OF $110,000 FROM THE GENERAL FUND UNASSIGNED FUND BALANCE FOR THE AWARDING OF THE SPECIAL NEEDS FUNDING GRANT FOR THE ADDITIONS OF A COVERED WALK AND PARKING LOT IMPROVEMENTS

This was a grant from the Tennessee Department of Health.  I voted for the resolution.  It passed 21-0.

RESOLUTION C: RESOLUTION TO AMEND THE FY 2017 GENERAL FUND BUDGET BY MOVING $93,916 FROM THE RESTRICTED FUND BALANCE TO THE GREENE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT FOR BUILDING IMPROVEMENTS

Necessary renovations were needed at the Greene County Health Dept.  I voted for the resolution.  It passed 21-0.

RESOLUTION D: A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE EXPENDITURE OF FUNDS FROM THE GENERAL CAPITAL PROJECTS FUND FOR THE COSTS RELATED TO THE REPAIR OF THE GREENE COUNTY ELECTION COMMISSION STEPS IN THE AMOUNT OF $10,000 FOR THE FYE JUNE 30, 2017

Renovations were necessary at the Election Commission.  I voted for the resolution.  It passed 20-0 with an abstention.

RESOLUTION E: A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE EXPENDITURE OF FUNDS FROM THE GENERAL CAPITAL PROJECTS FUND FOR THE COSTS RELATED TO THE REPAIR OF THE GREENE COUNTY COURTHOUSE STEPS IN THE AMOUNT OF $10,000 FOR THE FYE JUNE 30,2017

The steps at the Greene County Courthouse are in disrepair.  The resolution would put $10,000 toward repairing them.  I voted for the resolution.  It passed 21-0.

RESOLUTION F: A RESOLUTION TO BUDGET FOR $3,234 IN REVENUE RECEIVED FROM THE SALE OF A 2000 F-150 IN FUND 171 – GENERAL CAPITAL PROJECTS FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 2017

A truck was sold and it was requested to use the funds from that sale.  I believe in rewarding good stewardship of county property.  I voted for the resolution.  It passed 21-0.

RESOLUTION G: A RESOLUTION TO BUDGET FOR $500 IN REVENUE RECEIVED FROM THE SALE OF A STORAGE UNIT IN FUND – 171 GENERAL CAPITAL PROJECTS FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 2017

A storage unit was sold and now it is request to use the funds from that sale.  I voted for the resolution.  it passed 21-0.

RESOLUTION H: A RESOLUTION TO SALE LAND PURCHASED BY GREENE COUNTY AT THE DELINQUENT SALE

Properties with unpaid taxes are sold at auction.  Any properties with bids under what is owed to the county must receive approval.  These properties often are invaluable.  I voted yes and it passed 21-0.

RESOLUTION I: A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE COUNTY MAYOR TO ENTER INTO A LEASE AGREEMENT FOR THE “WETLANDS” OWNED BY GREENE COUNTY ADJACENT TO THE WAL-MART DISTRIBUTION CENTER

A wetlands property is owned by the county.  The existing lease agreement expired.  This was to approve a new lease agreement.  I voted for the resolution.  It passed 21-0.

RESOLUTION J: A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE COUNTY MAYOR TO ENTER INTO AN AGREEMENT TO COMPENSATE THE DULY APPOINTED GREENE COUNTY JUVENILE MAGISTRATE

This was an administrative issue to fix the pay for the Juvenile Magistrate how it should have been.  I voted for the resolution.  It passed 21-0.

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February 21, 2017 Voting Record

February 2017 Agenda

Resolution A – Request the General Assembly to create a private act for Greene County to have another General Sessions Judge

Judge Bailey spoke about the caseload he has in the General Sessions Court.  Other counties around our size or smaller have more than one judge.  This has also become a criminal justice issue as accused are not getting their cases heard in a particularly quick method and this may cause issues with the movement of cases.  This would also need the County Commission to approve a new judge if the General Assembly passes the act before it would go into effect, so it is just a beginning point.  I voted for the resolution. It passed 17-2.

Resolution B – Authorizing the County Mayor to enter into an agreement with the Town of Greeneville on the waste transfer station and landfills

There is an existing agreement.  This simply allows some issues to be cleared up.  I voted yes on the resolution.  It passed 19-0.

Resolution C –  To purchase six school buses with capital outlay notes

School buses only have a limited amount of time before they must be retired.  Six buses are needed by the school system.  I voted yes on this resolution. It passed 19-0.
Resolution D – To amend the school budget

The school system received $71,667 from a grant, Chartwells (the new food service), and insurance recovery that must be allocated to allow them to use it.  I voted for the resolution.  It passed 19-0.

Resolution E – To budget Circuit Court Fees for new document scanners

The Circuit Court has a restricted account that needed to be utilized for the purchase of scanners.  I voted for the resolution. It passed 19-0.

Resolution F – To allow repayment from Animal Control for a truck

A one dollar tax per animal vaccination was set up to purchase a new truck for Animal Control.  There has been enough tax collection for them to repay the General Fund.  I oppose the tax.  I voted for the resolution because the tax was designated for this specific thing.  It passed 19-0.

Resolution G- To spend $10,000 of grant money on a walking trail

Greene County received a $10,000 grant for the construction of a walking trail.  The money must first be spent, and then the general fund will be reimbursed.  I voted for the resolution. It passed 19-0.

Resolution H – To apply for a litter and trash collection grant

This gives permission to apply for a litter and trash collection grant.  I voted for the resolution. It passed 19-0.

Resolution I – To urge passage of the IMPROVE Act in the General Assembly (A rise in taxes on gas and diesel)

A resolution was formed to ask the General Assembly to approve Haslam’s “IMPROVE Act” which would raise the gasoline and diesel taxes.  I firmly opposed requesting this and oppose approval of the act.  It was pulled with opposition to it being pulled.  I voted to pull the resolution.  It was pulled by a vote of 16-2 with 1 abstention.

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January 17, 2017 Voting Record

January 2017 Agenda

I was absent due to a work conflict.

RESOLUTION A: A RESOLUTION OF THE COUNTY COMMISSION OF GREENE COUNTY, TENNESSEE APPROVING AN ECONOMIC IMPACT PLAN FOR THE MORGAN ROAD DEVELOPMENT AREA

This is a TIF (Tax Increment Financing) Plan. It passed 19-0.

RESOLUTION B: A RESOLUTION TO PURCHASE THE FORMER GREENEVILLE MOVING AND STORAGE BUILDING ADJACENT TO THE GREENE COUNTY ANNEX

A vote to table the motion passed 13-6.  A motion to have a study done on the purchase of the building passed 17-1 with 1 abstention.

RESOLUTION C: A RESOLUTION TO AMEND THE GREENE COUNTY SCHOOLS BUDGET FOR MIDYEAR CHANGES IN REVENUES AND EXPENDITURES FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 2016-2017 THE GENERAL PURPOSE SCHOOL FUND

The vote passed 19-0.

RESOLUTION D: A RESOLUTION TO BUDGET FOR $36,013 IN REVENUE RECEIVED FROM VARIOUS SOURCES TO THE SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 2017

The vote passed 18-1.

RESOLUTION E: A RESOLUTION TO ESTABLISH A COMMITTEE FOR THE
RESALE OF LAND BOUGHT AT DELINQUENT TAX SALES

The vote passed 18-0 with 1 abstention.

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December 19, 2016 Voting Record

December 2016 Agenda

Resolution A – To give require the sale of surplus or salvaged property to be placed in the General Debt Service Fund and the General Fund

The county debt is set up in payments, so paying money ahead of time does not change the amount that will be paid over time, and so putting money ahead on the debt doesn’t have a benefit.  Money from the sale of property has to be voted on by the County Commission to be spent.  I don’t mind allowing a department to recoup some money from the sale of county property to help with necessary repairs.  By removing a department’s ability to sell older items, this removes all incentive to care for county property and try to recoup what they can out of sold property.

The resolution sponsor left the percentages blank.  I feel a sponsor should be able to generally make changes to his own resolution.  He asked to make it 50% to each.  I voted for the amendment.  It passed 11-9.

I then voted against the resolution for the reasons stated above.  The resolution failed 5-15.

Resolution B – To ask the General Assembly to allow a county to sell hot asphalt mix to municipalities, utilities, and the school board

I don’t believe that a county road department should be in the business of attempting to sell asphalt mix.  A road department’s job is to repair roads.  Government should not be involved in selling such.  That is what private industry is for.  If the county began to sell the mix, it would have to set a price that would cover the costs of the employees, the costs of the equipment use, etc.  Then you are taking workers away from fixing roads and materials away from what could be used to repair the roads to try to make money.  That is not what any government agency should be used for.  I voted against the resolution.  The resolution failed 13-7 as it needed a 2/3 majority.

Resolution C –  EMS to spend $125 that was received from donations

EMS received a donation of $125.  They requested to spend it on office equipment.  I voted for the resolution.  It passed 19-0.

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November 21, 2016 Voting Record

November 2016 Agenda

Resolution A – To give $10,000 to NJCAA Div. III Baseball Tournament at Pioneer Park

The Hotel/Motel tax is limited in what it can be spent on.  The County Commission voted to give $10,000 to the NJCAA Div. III Baseball Tournament at Pioneer Park.  I do not believe taxpayer money should be used to subsidize sporting events, even though I am a coach myself.  Sporting events should be self-supporting and not use taxpayer money.  I voted against the resolution.  It passed 18-1.

I will be looking into ways to eliminate the requirement on where to spend the hotel/motel tax.

Resolution B – To allow Animal Control to spend $1068 from the sale of a truck on repairs for another truck

Animal Control sold a vehicle and requests to spend part of that money to repair one of their other vehicles.  I sponsored and voted for this resolution.  It passed 19-0.

Resolution C – To allow Animal Control to spend $1141 that was received from fines

Animal Control received $1141 in fines for restitution for boarding animals.  That was money they used that they were reimbursed for.  I voted for the resolution. It passed 19-0.

Resolution D – To allow purchase of $75,000 worth of crushed stone needed by the Road Dept.

The Road Dept. needed more crushed stone for necessary projects.  I voted for the resolution. It passed 19-0.

Resolution E – To allow the Greene County Building Dept. to spend $893 from the sale of a truck on repairs for another truck

The Building Department sold a truck and needed money for repairs on another vehicle.  I sponsored and voted for the resolution. It passed 19-0.

Resolution F – To allow the mayor to look into purchasing the Greeneville Moving and Storage Building

This resolution simply allows the mayor to negotiate for the purchase of a property.  The County Commission would then have to approve the purchase.  I voted for the resolution. It passed 19-0.

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October 17, 2016 Voting Record

October 2016 Agenda

Resolution A –  Allow the Mayor to enter into an agreement with the Town of Greeneville to operate the airport as a joint venture.

The County and Town of Greeneville already operate the airport jointly.  This does not change that.  This allows the Airport Authority to refinance and lock in existing loans at a lower rate.  Though I feel that the airport is a losing proposition that does not directly benefit the county as a whole, and it is something the county should divest itself from, this will allow for a lower rate on loans while changing nothing as far as the joint venture goes.  I voted for the resolution.  It passed 18-2.

Resolution B – Grant the mayor the power to allow non-profits to use bicycles left at convenience centers

Bicycles are left at convenience centers.  A request was made to allow the mayor to give these to non-profits to give to underprivileged children.  These are donated items and no taxpayer money will be used to allow non-profits to utilize these for children.  I voted for the resolution. It passed 19-0.

Resolution C – Change road names.

A request was made to rename three roads for various reasons to help with confusion.  I voted for the resolution.  It passed 19-0.

Resolution D – To allow the Sheriff’s Dept. to use $2500 in grant money

A $2500 grant was given to the Sheriff’s Dept.  The money must be given out of the General Fund and then will be reimbursed.  I voted for the resolution. It passed 19-0.

Resolution E – Budget tobacco settlement money to the Health Dept.

Money from the tobacco settlement earmarked for education was not spent in the last fiscal year and had to be budgeted due to strings attached to the settlement money.  I voted for the resolution.  It passed 19-0.

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September 19, 2016 Voting Record

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.

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