County sends HCI grant funding to finance
by JOYANNA WEBER, Banner Staff Writer
Nov 20, 2012 | 819 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
D. Gary Davis recognizes employees
BRADLEY COUNTY MAYOR D. Gary Davis, left recognized Circuit Court Clerk office employee Shelia Brank and Arthur Wyatt of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office for their 20 years of service to Bradley County during Monday’s work session. Commission Chairman Louie Alford, back left, and 4th District Commissioner J. Adam Lowe stood to honor the employees.  Banner photos, JOYANNA WEBER
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The exact amount of funding available for Healthy Community Initiative grants remains uncertain after the Bradley County Commission delayed a vote on the issue Monday.

A resolution approving $104,730 for the grant awards this year was delayed after 1st District Commissioner Ed Elkins asked that the issue go to the finance committee first.

“I think it would be good to let the finance committee get some numbers. That would be my recommendation to postpone this. There is not an urgency in doing this, they can go ahead with asking for applications without the amount,” Elkins said.

He said he felt the finance committee could look at the revenue available and verify amounts listed in the resolution. According to the resolution, $35,000 from money leftover from a previous year’s clean water fund, and $5,169 from unused funds in 2010 would also be added to this year’s amount. These funds would be added to the funding available for grants after giving the library its portion of interest earned.

He said he would also like to look at projects for the next two year and average grant funds available across the years.

Elkins said this would ensure there is enough funding for grants in the future.

Current policy dictating how the funds are used requires 85 percent of the interest from the previous year be used for the next year’s funding, according to 4th District Commissioner J. Adam Lowe.

“We’re not committed to spending 85 percent, we are committed to not spending more than 85 percent,” said 5th District Commissioner mel Griffith. “There is no requirement that we use the 85 percent.”

Elkins also expressed concern about taking water away from the clean water grant funding.

“I’m aware of two potential projects,” Elkins said.

One potential project would be homes with well water on No Pone Road. The wells are drying up, according to 1st District Commissioner Terry Caywood.

“Those people still need water. This money being used for that purpose is a step in the right direction,” Caywood said.

Lowe pointed out there would still be about $25,000 left to fund the installation of water pipes to these homes.

The item was removed from the agenda and will be discussed at the next finance committee meeting. The finance committee will then bring a recommendation to the Commission. Griffith said he thought the original resolution establishing the Healthy Community Initiative committee had stated a recommendation would go to the finance committee before going to the Commission.

Also during the meeting:

- Fifth District Commissioner Jeff Yarber nominated Jimmy Woody to replace Briant Berry on the Fire Board. Berry recently resigned due to increased time constraints because of his job. The nomination was approved 12 to 1. Seventh District Commissioner Mark Hall was the only dissenting vote. Seventh District Commissioner Bill Winters was absent.

- Sixth District Commissioner Robert Rominger also made comments on the decision by the Cleveland City Council not to appeal the recent sales tax decision.

“I felt a big relief to know both sides are willing to sit down again and put off the lawsuit,” Rominger said.

Rominger emphasized the governments of both Bradley County and Cleveland need to work together because the decisions they make affect the same people.