County OKs $92,000 for HCI grants
by JOYANNA WEBER, Banner Staff Writer
Dec 18, 2012 | 537 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Bradley County Commission members on Monday approved $92,000 for Healthy Community Initiative grants.

The Commission lowered the amount that would be taken out of unused 2009 clean water grant funds from $35,000 to $20,000.

“This is a proposal to move some unused money from the water fund; I don’t have a problem with that, I just want to make sure there is some money left in the water fund,” 6th District Commissioner Mel Griffith said.

He said the water fund is a priority for him. The fund is used to help pay a portion of bringing public water lines to homes that had previously been on well water.

Amy Moore, the Commission’s legislative assistant, said previous numbers released from the finance committee had been inaccurate because of old information remaining on the spreadsheet.

The numbers affected how much money was in the fund from unused 2008 grant funds. The amount is slightly less than $14,500 from 2008, Moore said.

The HCI grant committee has received 10 letters of intent from potential grant applicants, 4th District Commissioner and HCI committee member J. Adam Lowe said.

There is about $29,500 available for the water fund for projects for the coming year.

Also during the meeting:

- The Commission approved Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis’ appointments to a committee to study implementing a workhouse program in the county. The program has been proposed as an alternative sentencing option to help with crowding at the jail.

The committee will include three commissioners, the grand jury foreman, a representative from the Sheriff’s Office, the misdemeanor probation coordinator and a member of the grand jury. State Rep. Eric Watson will be an ex-officio member.

Davis said the committee will meet from January through March, so the representative would be in Nashville most of that time.

Watson had previously asked to be on the committee, according to 4th District Commissioner Charlotte Peak-Jones.