Bradley County is ready to make the first of its annual payments on the Energy Saving Group (ESG) contract for work at the Courthouse and Courthouse Annex.
Bradley County is ready to make the first of its annual payments on the Energy Saving Group contract for work at the Courthouse and Courthouse Annex.
During Monday’s meeting of the Bradley County Commission’s Finance Committee, County Mayor D. Gary Davis requested a budget amendment of $8,271.48 to use money from the Tennessee Valley Authority Energy Grant to help pay the first annual bill for the ESG contract.
Davis said the ESG contract came in under budget by about $2,000. In addition, the county received $15,000 in energy grant funds from TVA. He asked to use $8,271.48 from the TVA energy grant to pay for the ESG contract. He said the remainder of the TVA grant funds will go to the county’s fund balance.
Finance Committee Chairman Milan Blake noted when the county did the ESG contract there was an option to purchase a report on energy savings. Davis said he is not sure of the effectiveness of the first-year energy savings report, noting the results may be skewed because the Courthouse was not open immediately after the ESG contract was completed.
The $3.5 million ESG contract was completed concurrent with restoration work on the Courthouse following a fire on Sept. 30, 2017. The Courthouse reopened for business on Nov. 26, 2018.
In other business, the Finance Committee:
• Approved a budget amendment request from the Trustee’s Office to transfer $1,025 from the office’s tuition line item to the data processing line item.
“This is a cost savings,” Bradley County Trustee Mike Smith said.
Smith said in the next fiscal year budget he was going to ask for a new computer. However, he needs a new check reader now and decided to combine those purchases in the current fiscal year. To accommodate the purchases, he has frozen his office’s travel and tuition to conferences.
“It’s no new money, it’s just moving from one (line item) to another,” Smith said.
Blake said he sees no problem taking up the budget amendment request, even though it was submitted after the meeting deadline, because it is saving Bradley County money.
Smith said purchasing the date processing equipment now will save money related to installation – rather than paying for installation now for the check reader and installation later for the computer, the county can pay for installation for both pieces of equipment now.
Blake said he would include the budget amendment request in Monday night’s County Commission meeting. The budget amendment request was unanimously approved by the full County Commission.
• Approved several budget amendments including:
– $7,184.36 requested by the Bradley County Health Department, using money from the Homemaker Program to be placed in the Local Health Budget.
– $65 to Bradley County Fire-Rescue from an insurance refund for deleting a 1999 Chevy First Responder vehicle from the automobile policy
– $43,654.78 requested by Bradley County Emergency Medical Services for insurance recovery for contents of ambulance that caught fire.
– $426.60 received by Fire-Rescue as a donation to the fire department from Cleveland Liquidators.
– a combined $168.46 – $56.16 from Tanner Calfee and $112.30 from Wacker-Charleston – to the Bradley County Emergency Management Agency to pay annual fees for outside agencies to use 800 Mhz radios.
– $72.31 received by Bradley County Juvenile Court for sale of scrap parts from dismantling old generator.
– $5,251 received by the Bradley County Road Department for the sale of a 2009 Toyota Camry.
– $11,863 received by the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office from a JAG grant for mobile data equipment.
– $15,000 request from BCSO to move that amount from the deputies’ salary line item to overtime pay. The reason listed for the overtime overage is due to turnover and training.
– $6,000 request from BCSO to move that amount from the motor vehicle line item to the transportation (other than students) line item. The reason listed is to cover transport consisting of “suspects who have warrants and are in facilities around the United States that we are obligated to pick up and bring back to our facility on our charges.”
• Approved three separate payments for services rendered by BCSO, from Hamilton County Circuit Court Clerk Larry L. Henry as reimbursement for transporting emergency committal cases. The payments are $148.40, $163.60 and $54.60.
According to the description offered by BCSO, “we use off duty patrol deputies for these transports and ask this money be put back in the Sheriff’s overtime budget.”
• Approved payment of $269.21 from Michigan Avenue School PTO for services rendered by BCSO.
• Davis presented the credit card usage report. Among the departments turning in receipts – EMA, Mayor’s Office, BCSO, Assessor of Property and Fire-Rescue – only two receipts were not signed, by Fire-Rescue.
Commissioner Thomas Crye said in future he would like to see total dollar amount of credit card usage per department.
“They’re used very rarely,” Davis said, adding Fire-Rescue used its credit card 15 times. He also advised that future receipts be signed.
“Worst-case scenario is to take their credit cards away,” Blake said.
Crye said to him it sounds like “usage factor has gone up dramatically.”
Davis acknowledged there has been higher credit card us for Fire-Rescue in the past month but “overall the usage is way down.”
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