Commission to discuss budgets, old and new – Cleveland Daily Banner

By AUTUMN HUGHES

Business related to both Bradley County’s current fiscal year budget and the upcoming budget will be addressed during Monday’s Bradley County Commission meeting.

Commissioners discussed those items during a work session last week. They are:

• A motion to approve fiscal year 2019-202 final budget amendments.

• A motion to approve budget continuation resolution.

Last week, Commissioner Milan Blake, chairman of the Finance Committee, said there was a “record number of changes” by that committee when it reviewed County Mayor D. Gary Davis’ budget proposal earlier this month.

Be “record number,” he was referring to the small number of only a few changes the committee was recommending, rather than a large number.

• Fiscal year 2020-21 budget appeals. This will be an opportunity for department heads and elected officials to appeal any changes recommended to their budget proposals.

In addition, on Monday commissioners will appoint a General Sessions Judge with Juvenile Jurisdiction. The meeting’s agenda packet includes applications from three Cleveland attorneys: Douglass N. Blackwell II, Andrew B. Morgan and Barrett Painter.

Judge Daniel R. Swafford has announced his plans to retire as of Sept. 30, 2020.

The vacancy will be filled with a roll-call vote. The first nominee to receive eight votes will fill the unexpired General Sessions Judge term.

In other business, the county commission:

• Heard from Commissioner Charlotte Peak, who gave an update on the Operation Finally Home project to rebuild the tornado-ravaged home of Vietnam veteran J. L. Cross, on Hawk Street in East Cleveland. (See related article on Page 1).

• Heard from Commissioner Tim Mason, who said he has been busy on environmental cases and is among those working to get the former Waterville School building cleaned out, removing Bradley County Sheriff’s Office records to a newly appointed archive space in the building that currently houses UT/TSU Extension in downtown Cleveland.

“We’re about halfway there,” Mason said of moving the records.

In addition to serving as a commissioner, Mason is environmental codes enforcement officer for the BCSO and Tennessee Department of Transportation litter coordinator with the BCSO.

• Heard from Commissioner Erica Davis, who said the BCSO has received a $41,000 grant related to COVID-19 from the U.S. Department of Justice. She said it is part of the Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Program.

“We are excited to be [announcing] free money to the sheriff’s department,” she said.

• Heard from Commissioner Bill Winters, who said Westmore Church of God had a successful dedication ceremony last Sunday. He added the Bradley Healthcare & Rehab Center is “still doing well at this tough time.”

• Heard from Chairman Johnny Mull, who gave an update on construction of a bridge on 20th Street.

“July 4 is their date they’re trying to get completed by,” Mull said.

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