Finance leaders OK amendments
by JOYANNA WEBER, Banner Staff Writer
Dec 20, 2012 | 760 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Bradley County Finance Committee passed budget amendments to accept revenues into the Emergency Management Agency and Bradley County Fire-Rescue budgets during a meeting Wednesday.

Increases in revenue for EMA came from a $2,500 payment from a lease of tower space on Crown Colony and a check for $109.74 from Wacker Polysilicon North America for use of the EMA communications tower. The money will be used to pay for maintenance to the tower and for the annual fees for 800 Mhz radio use.

BCFR received a $500 donation from Lonza, $299 from selling scrap metal, $4,049.80 from selling aluminum cans, an insurance payment and various donations. The donations were put into the line item used for unspecified needs.

Also during the meeting:

- The committee approved the final payment for renting the storage unit that had been used to store logs for the John Ross Cabin. The bills from the company showed the county still owed $269.95. The charges appeared to the committee to be for two months. Some bills were past due and had incurred an interest fee, according to Lynn Burns, finance director.

“The interest charge is not very large but there is interest charged on several months,” committee chairman Ed Elkins said.

Burns said there are no more funds in the Commission line item to pay for the rental. Committee member Jeff Morelock said the funds would have to be taken out of the balance.

Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis proposed moving the funding from one of the Mayor’s Office line items, then giving money to that line item only if needed.

“Somebody was not good stewards of the county funds, because we had allocated an amount of money for that, and that money was spent,” Elkins said.

Committee member Mel Griffith said the project has continued to have problems.

- The committee also decided to ask the Commission’s legislative assistant to write a letter to the Cleveland City Council concerning findings of a jointly funded environmental study. The letter will ask the Council to notify all residents whose springs were determined to be affected by groundwater seepage from a pond on Lot 38 near the Benjamin Crest subdivision.

According to Elkins, the study fond groundwater from the pond was flowing into springs in the area and listed who was affected.

Elkins said additional tests may be needed because the dye test which was used does not determine the type or intensity.