County finance says no to grant
by By JOYANNA WEBER Banner Staff Writer
Sep 06, 2012 | 1308 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jeff Morelock
Jeff Morelock

The Bradley County Sheriff’s Office will not be accepting a grant that would partially fund creating a patrol position within the department.

The grant required the new position to be filled by a U.S. Armed Forces veteran, but would also require a monetary contribution from the county.

The Bradley County Finance Committee voted unanimously Wednesday not to fund the needed local portion of $31,463 necessary to accept the grant. The motion was made by Commissioner Jeff Morelock. Finance Committee Chairman Connie Wilson was absent.

At a previous meeting, the finance committee had delayed a decision, hoping to receive a recommendation from the law enforcement committee on what action should be taken. A recommendation had not been made at the time of Wednesday meeting. Audited numbers for last year’s budget are still unavailable.

Committee members’ questions about projected revenues from the Cleveland/Bradley County Chamber of Commerce and Trustee Mike Smith’s report were also discussed. Morelock said he had asked Doug Berry, vice president for economic development at the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce, to come to the meeting to answer some of his questions. Smith was also at the meeting.

Morelock had mentioned at a previous meeting that there seemed to be differences in the two departments’ projections.

Berry said when discussing the revenue he had not subtracted the one-time $1 million tax break the Commission had granted Wacker Polysilicon North America for 2014. This additional part of the payment in lieu of taxes agreement was approved in February.

Berry said this will only affect the year 2014.

“It’s not anything that I feel is a big concern,” Smith said.

The trustee pointed out that the report also includes an exaggerated amount for expenditures to create an approximate $500,000 buffer if payments do not meet expectations. Smith emphasized the numbers in his report are estimates and change every year as more information becomes available.

“[With] a project this unique, one thing I think I’ve pointed out is we need to move from a conservative and appropriate position. We don’t really have an idea how the personal and real property will break out,” Berry said.

Bradley County D. Gary Davis said as the year gets closer more accurate numbers will be available.

During the meeting, Berry also presented information from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation stating that the Interstate 75 connector project near Exit 20 is now operating within mandates and is in “good standing.” Sediment issues at the site had been a concern in early August when dirt had flowed into Brymer Creek.