United Way to handle CU’s Project Roundup

By LARRY C. BOWERS
Posted 5/26/19

Cleveland Utilities' board met in a relative brief session Friday to address a handful of new business items.The meeting included a report from President and CEO Tim Henderson, as well as reports …

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United Way to handle CU’s Project Roundup

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Cleveland Utilities' board met in a relative brief session Friday to address a handful of new business items.

The meeting included a report from President and CEO Tim Henderson, as well as reports from vice presidents Marshall Stinnett (Finance); Craig Mullinax (Water/Wastewater); and Jimmy Isom, filling in for Electric Division Vice President Bart Borden.

Among items approved is a change in the management of Cleveland Utilities' popular Project Round Up.

Management of these funds were previously managed by The Caring Place, until the community service agency switched focus. It has since been handled by the Bradley County/Cleveland Service Agency.

The funds will now be managed by the United Way of the Ocoee Region, following an agreement reached with United Way President and CEO Matt Ryerson.

Project Round Up is an assistance program that uses funds to help those less fortunate in the community. Customers' monthly utility bills are rounded up to the next highest dollar.

All Project Round-Up donations are routed to a third party through United Way of Bradley County. This program is designed to assist area families facing difficulty paying their utility bills, as well as meeting housing and medical expenses, among other related needs.

The money raised through the Project Round Up Program will have a positive impact  residents facing economic hardships.

Customers' bills are rounded up to the next whole dollar amount. For example, if a customer's utility bill is $25.55, Cleveland Utilities would "round up" the amount to $26. The added 45 cents collected goes to the Project Round Up program.

Customers have a choice in participating in the program. If you do not wish to participate, you can contact Cleveland Utilities at (423) 472-4521 and you will be removed  you from the program. You can exclude yourself at any time.

Cleveland Utilities Board of Directors chose to make Project Round Up an "opt-out" program to save money on implementation and resources. It is also available to industrial and commercial customers.

Project Round Up has the potential for raising about $100,000 per year, with only 50 percent participation. In most cases, because customers' bills would be rounded up only 12 times each year, the total individual commitment to the program would probably be about $6 per year.

Those in need can apply for these funds by contacting United Way at (423) 479-2020, or go online at: www.unitedwaybc.com. Project Round Up contributions are tax deductible.

In other CU business:

 • The board approved the Tennessee Valley Authority Rate Request Change/Custom Grid Access Charge, effective Oct. 1.

* They also approved two purchase orders for the Water Distribution Department.

One purchase order is for $179,164 to purchase two new backhoes. The new equipment will replace two older backhoes the utility has been using.

The second purchase order is for $52,225 to purchase two 2019 Chevrolet double-cab pickup trucks from Don Ledford Automotive Center. One is a replacement, and the second a new truck.

Both purchase orders are budgeted items for 2019 or 2020.

• In the report by Henderson, he reminded the board the public utility will be closed Monday for Memorial Day.

• Two CU employees will be among graduates of Leadership Cleveland on Thursday, June 13.

• Cleveland Utilities will once again have a team participating in United Way's Day of Action on Friday, July 19.


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