BY KRISTEN BUCKLES
The Greene County Commission will meet on Tuesday to consider a resolution directed to the Tennessee General Assembly that aims to avoid Greene County's getting the bill for any state mandates related to armed security officers in schools.
The resolution, sponsored by Commissioner Robert Bird, calls for the state legislature to appropriate funds to individual counties to cover the cost associated with providing armed officers or security guards in schools, if the legislature should decide to mandate such a measure.
The meeting will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Criminal Courtroom of the Greene County Courthouse. Caucus meetings will take place at 5 p.m. in the lower level of the courthouse.
The County Commission usually meets on each third Monday, but county offices will be closed on Monday, Jan. 21, for the Martin Luther King Jr. federal and state holiday.
The County Purchasing Committee will gather immediately following the County Commission meeting if the Commission should decide to approve an expenditure for repairs to the Greene County Detention Center's roof, Purchasing Agent Diane Swatzell said.
The detention center roof issue first appeared this month before the County Budget & Finance Committee, where Mayor Alan Broyles cautioned that the leaking roof is significant enough to cause structural damage and has become a "major problem."
Committee members declined to approve the $85,000 proposal to patch a leaking roof section, deciding instead to discuss the matter with the full commission.
This delay was not only to allow for further analysis and options, but was also to provide the commission with the opportunity to debate whether taxpayers' dollars should maintain the building in light of recent discussions about the possibility of building a new jail.
During the discussion in the committee, Sheriff Steve Burns also noted that the ongoing project to build a roof over the recreation area at the workhouse on Summer Street has exceeded its $10,000 contingency fund due to the need to add metal to the walls and chainlink fencing inside them.
His request for up to an additional $10,000 from the Capital Projects Fund to cover additional expenses will also be considered during Tuesday's County Commission meeting.
Numerous other matters are on the agenda, including:
* budgeting $11,000 in insurance recovery proceeds from damage by a third party to a Greene County-Greeneville Emergency Medical Services Jeep Liberty;
* budgeting $2,500 in insurance recovery proceeds from damage by a third party to a Solid Waste three-quarter-ton service truck;
* making mid-year adjustments to the Greene County School System's General Fund Budget to account for just over $75,000 in increased revenue received from the state, and $10,600 required by the state to be spent from the school system's reserves to cover a shortage in the estimated 2011-2012 tax revenues;
* budgeting a $52,500 contract-signing bonus for a new, one-year contract with the Greene County Detention Center's telephone service, to be used toward the cost of the Sheriff's Department's law enforcement equipment;
* budgeting the 2013 Appalachian High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Grant of $15,000, to be used toward covering the cost of the Sheriff's Department's overtime hours;
* budgeting $9,365 in carryover funds from the 2012 Appalachian High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Grant, to be used toward covering the cost of the Sheriff's Department's overtime hours;
* budgeting a $13,129 Edward Burn Memorial Justice Grant toward the Sheriff's Department's law enforcement equipment;
* budgeting $1,980 from automation reserves revenue from data entry fees collected by Circuit Court Clerk Pam Venerable, to be used for her office's maintenance and repair services;
* budgeting $1,500 from the state Farmers Market Promotion and Retail Grant as a contribution to the Rural Resources Mobile Farmers Market of Greene County;
* budgeting $1,485 in payments for handgun background checks, to be used toward the cost of the Sheriff's Department's law enforcement equipment;
* budgeting a $100 donation from the Greeneville Woman's Club to the Sheriff's Department, to be used toward covering the cost of educational programs;
* budgeting $87 from the sale of recyclable materials to be used toward covering the cost of law enforcement equipment; and,
* budgeting a $25 contribution by the First Presbyterian Church to be used for the Greene County Health Department's Home Visitation Program's supplies.
In final business, the County Commission will approve the official Greene County road list as amended in the 2012 calendar year.
Amendments include closing a .3-mile section of West Seven Springs Road for US Nitrogen and a .09-mile section of Ealey Road for safety concerns related to the new county asphalt plant.