Unlike the Community-Oriented Policing Services grant, which was voted down early last month, the HVLEC grant does not require a local match. The grant is identical to one the department received last year and is a reimbursement.
The grant will return to the department $5,000 for funds spent on qualifying capital items, according to the amendment request.
Grants will be handled differently within the Bradley County budget this year.
“Starting this year and in the future when we get a grant like this it is going to show up as a grant line on the budget,” Chairman Ed Elkins said.
He said this helps keep the revenue separate fom the rest of the budget.
Another Sheriff’s Office amendment also accepted payments for special details worked.
Also during the meeting:
- The committee did not approve a circuit court clerk budget amendment to use $8,880 from vacant part-time positions to fund increased compensation for full-time deputies that had taken on additional work. Committee member Jeff Morelock asked if the funding would simply go back into the general fund at the end of the year if the amendment was not approved. Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis said if the part-time positions were not filled the money would wind up going back into the general fund at the end of the fiscal year. Morelock made the motion to approve the change. The vote was a split decision with two committee members voting to approve and two voting against the motion. The fifth committee member, J. Adam Lowe, was absent.
- The committee also approved accepting the fees for vendors at the Bradley County Farmers Market North. After some discussion as to where in the budget the revenue should go, the committee voted to place the money in the County Commission line item for use for the farmers market in the future. Any use of the funds would come before the finance committee for approval. Two budget amendments were also passed to correct clerical errors in the budget.
- A budget amendment to move funding to cover an HVAC unit for the Bradley County Health Department was postponed. It appeared to committee members the funding was already in the correct line item in the budget for the purchase to be made.
- Funding for the county’s portion of environmental testing conducted on “Lot 38” was also approved. The cost had come in $744 above the estimated amount.
- Committee members also listened to a suggestion by county resident Bill Carroll on how to make safer schools more affordably. Carroll said using the same school design for each school in the future could cut down on architectural costs. He also suggested using a steel and concrete Quonset Hut model. This model would withstand any tornado that may come through Cleveland, he said. Carroll presented copies of his idea to the board.
“The design I have illustrated will save us billions over the years. Also our children will learn the same as if they were in school we now have,” Carroll said. “We could save money to pay our teachers better salaries.”
Elkins told Carroll these are desicions that are made by the Bradley County Board of Education, not the County Commission.