Finance leaders approve changes
by JOYANNA WEBER, Banner Staff Writer
Apr 04, 2013 | 654 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Bradley County Finance Committee approved various amendments during a meeting Wednesday.

The first was from the data processing department. The department requested a budget amendment to increase travel expenses and decrease funding for communications.

The amendment had been postponed from the March 20 finance committee meeting. The amendment requested $800 to be moved from the communication portion of the data processing budget to cover travel.

Travel is listed on the amendment as “between County Building location and vendors for engineer service.” One of the vendors is in Chattanooga.

There had been $1,200 approved in this fiscal year’s budget for travel.

Department head Mike Sullivan said part of the increase in expense is because he is living in Chatsworth, Ga. These trips are presumably after having already left for the day. Sullivan said there are some tasks he has to wait on until everyone has gone home. He said he is “on call 24 hours.”

Finance committee chairman Ed Elkins asked Mayor D. Gary Davis if there a is a policy outlining mileage reimbursement. Davis said there is not.

The committee approved the amendment.

An amendment increasing the Building Inspections department communication funding $350 by moving the money from the department’s funding for gasoline was also approved.

“With all the inspections going on at Wacker, they needed a phone that was capable of taking video and uploading data, so Tina (Bishop of the Inspections Office) had to get a new phone,” Elkins said.

An increase in the 2011-12 fiscal year’s budget was made to cover this added expense, but the increase was not included in the budget for the 2012-13 fiscal year.

The committee accepted a contribution to the Medical Examiner’s Office. The payment was combined with moving $500 from uniforms to cover costs for body bags.

Elkins said the medical examiner had purchased 50 to last through the end of the fiscal year, but they have already been used.

“When he bought that last 50 they were $36.50 a bag ... he’s found some other bags that look kind of like blue tarps but it’s still real heavy and it gets the job done and they’re $9.80 a piece,” Elkins said.

An amendment to cover health screening for children in the Bradley County Juvenile Court was postponed. Committee members wanted clarification before voting.

The committee also approved amendments for Bradley County Fire-Rescue to accept reimbursement from a juvenile arson case, for Bradley County Farmer’s Market North to accept grants and for Bradley County Juvenile Court to accept a $9,000 grant.