County approves grants for BCSO, other functions
by JOYANNA WEBER Banner Staff Writer
Oct 16, 2012 | 958 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Bradley County Commission approved accepting the High Visibility Law Enforcement Campaigns grant for the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office on Monday.

The reimbursable grant will return $5,000 to BCSO for funds spent on qualifying capital items, according to the amendment request.

The budget amendment, along with others approved on the consent agenda, had been approved by the finance committee at its last meeting. Other amendments included a grant for the Bradley County Juvenile Court, accepting application fees for the Bradley County Farmers Market North into the budget and amendments to the Southeast Tennessee Community Corrections budget, Emergency Management Agency budget and the Register of Deeds budget.

Monday’s meeting was less than 10 minutes long with no items on the regular voting agenda.

Updated information on roads was a prominent topic during committee reports. First District Commissioner Terry Caywood said he had driven the access road from Lauderdale Memorial Highway which intersects Old Lower River Road. Caywood said he had concerns about vehicles trying to make left turns at this intersection.

“I’m anxious to see how that is fixed,” Caywood said.

An update on stormwater runoff concerns on Harriman Road was also given to the Commission. First District Commissioner Ed Elkins said he had talked with Cleveland City Manager Janice Casteel about residents’ concerns in the area.

“I did get a copy of the inspection report, and TDEC (Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation) did say some maintenance had not been taken care of and during about an inch and a half rainfall around the first of the month they did have some escapes and some sediment ran into some property there on Johnston’s Woods as well as in Brymer Creek. I understand that the city is going to be taking care of it,” Elkins said.

Also during the meeting:

n Fourth District Commissioner Charlotte Peak-Jones said the handicapped/wheelchair ramp near the Michigan Avenue gym is also now complete. She had brought the issue to the Commission at a previous meeting after a resident had called her with concerns about accessibility when voting in the gym.

n Commissioners also received an electronic copy of the 2012-13 budget. The budget is available to the public on the county’s website at