Courthouse security overtime watched by county

By AUTUMN HUGHES

Posted 1/26/18

The cost to secure the Bradley County Courthouse during construction and restoration is not a concern now, but officials are keeping an eye on those expenses.

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Courthouse security overtime watched by county

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The cost to secure the Bradley County Courthouse during construction and restoration following the Sept. 30, 2017, fire is not a concern now, but officials are keeping an eye on those expenses.

The Bradley County Finance Committee earlier this week discussed overtime costs for the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office related to the ongoing work at the Courthouse. Cassandra Stone, the BCSO’s budget and finance coordinator, brought up the issue.

“We’re OK on overtime right now,” Stone said, but noted she is looking to the future.

Finance Committee Chairman Milan Blake asked if insurance is going to compensate for overtime pay of BCSO officers charged with securing the Courthouse. Bradley County Finance Director Rena’ Samples said it will, noting that the BCSO sends her time sheets for that overtime and she sends them to the insurance company.

Stone asked if insurance is still paying for that overtime now that Servpro is out of the Courthouse and the contractors have begun their work. Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis said Servpro is still there doing service work related to the fire.

Davis said he anticipates a budget amendment will be needed in the future to cover BCSO’s overtime related to the Courthouse work. He said one subcontractor has been given permission to work longer in the day to complete work on the bathrooms — he was hesitant to do that, but it has worked out well so far.

“Keep it documented and track it very good,” Blake said of overtime costs.

Stone said she brought up the issue so the Finance Committee is aware she is keeping an eye on the overtime and the concern has been raised.

Discussing the ongoing work at the Courthouse, Davis said Cleveland Utilities has finished its electrical power hookup installed outside the building with new transformers and underground power lines. Part of the upgrades the insurance company approved inside the building have also been done, he said.

“A lot of electrical upgrades are occurring,” Davis said. “There are things happening over there to the good.”

In other business, the Finance Committee:

• Approved a budget increase of $11,990 from the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency as reimbursement for deployment of Cleveland-Bradley County Emergency Management Agency assets during South Carolina flooding in October 2015.

• Approved five budget amendments related to the BCSO for deputies working special detail, including: $940 reimbursement from Bradley Central High School; $1,193 reimbursement from Walker Valley High School; $4,301 combined reimbursement from First Baptist Church of Cleveland ($3,829) and Westwood Baptist Church ($472); $473 reimbursement from Ocoee Middle School; and $220 reimbursement from Michigan Avenue School PTO.

• Approved a budget increase of $5,720 for the Bradley County Health Department. Grant funds from the Southeast Tennessee Development District were deposited to the Health Department’s revenue account and transferred to the expense account in the Maintenance and Repair Services-Building line item.

• Approved a budget increase of $2,739 for the Health Department related to receiving a State of Tennessee car seat grant for October, November and December of 2017.

• Accepted four donations totaling $385 given to the Bradley County Fire Department. The money will be used for the fire department to buy a grill for Station 4.

The next meeting of the Bradley County Finance Committee is scheduled for noon on Monday, Feb. 5, in the Mayor’s Conference Room on the top floor of the Bradley County Courthouse Annex.


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Davis said he anticipates a budget amendment will be needed in the future to cover BCSO’s overtime related to the Courthouse work. He said one subcontractor has been given permission to work longer in the day to complete work on the bathrooms — he was hesitant to do that, but it has worked out well so far.


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