Budget transfers approved Tuesday

Budget transfers approved Tuesday

Talk of money wasn’t lacking during a Weakley County Commission meeting held Tuesday evening at the Weakley County Courthouse.
But before commissioners took care of budget amendments, they took some time to recognize the Dresden High School Lions Division 1-Class 2A State runner-up football team.
A resolution was passed by the board recognizing the team’s “outstanding” performance and retiring coach Scott Hewett’s successful season.
In budget news, commissioners opted to combine certain resolutions, which passed unanimously.
The first resolution authorizes amendments to the School Federal Projects Fund. In a recent county Health, Education and Economic Development Committee (HEED) meeting, director of schools Randy Frazier announced Title funding was cut across the nation.
The cuts trickling down to Weakley County reflect $29,000 from Title II funds and an $11,800 reduction from the Special Education approved budget’s line item.
A similar resolution passed Tuesday evening altering the General Purpose School Fund to show a reduction in Safe Schools Grant money.
The approved budget from the Safe Schools Grant was an expected $27,000.
The Safe Schools Grant line item was amended to show a reduction of $2,900.
A resolution authorizing a budget amendment for the Solid Waste Fund also passed unanimously by the commission.
The State of Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation awarded the county a $7,000 waste oil grant.
The grant is 100 percent with no local matches required and the funds will be used for the purchase and installation of a used oil heater for the Weakley County Service Station.
In other grant news, the Weakley County Sheriff’s Department recently received a $5,000 Highway Safety grant, with no local match required, to purchase vehicle in-car video equipment, a mobile radar unit, laptop computer and other law enforcement tools.
A budget amendment was approved to reflect the addition of the grant in the county’s General Purpose fund.
The county’s Emergency Management Office also received grants for the training of emergency responders on Hazardous Materials Incidents.
The grant total was $8,125, with a $1,625 local match. Board members voted to accept the grant money in the county’s General Fund budget.
After a HEED Committee decision to amend an amendment to the county’s General Fund budget resolution, the county’s Finance, Ways and Means Committee opted to leave $45,396 in the line item to go toward replacement of a roof at the county’s courthouse.
The original resolution reflected the $45,000 amendment in the budget for roof repairs at the courthouse.
During a HEED Committee meeting held two weeks prior, members voted to leave out the line item pending the county securing bids for the actual project.
FWM Committee members voted to bring the line item back to the resolution.
Commissioner Jack Vincent questioned the point in the HEED Committee leaving the $45,000 out of the budget if the FWM Committee was going to put it back in the budget during the meeting of the full commission Tuesday evening.
Jimmy Westbrook told Vincent the amendment is “as broad as it is long.”
Westbrook said the third floor of the courthouse in the clerk and master’s office leaks and is in need of repair. The commission passed the resolution, leaving the $45,000 in the budget amendment.
The next meeting of the Weakley County Commission is set for 5:30 p.m. March 19 in the board room of the Weakley County Courthouse.

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