County Commission seeks grant for mini-pumpers

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Sherry Jackson with the Census Bureau gives the County Commission information on the 2020 Census and its importance to Overton County.

By Dewain E. Peek,

OCN Editor

Overton County Commission held the regular monthly meeting Monday, Jan. 13, with Commissioner Jesse Bowman absent.

To help the county’s volunteer fire departments, Resolution No. 2020-0113-02 was adopted to apply for Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Block Grant funds for up to $420,000 to purchase 12 mini-pumper trucks to serve the 12 county fire departments. The grant would require a 20% match.

In hopes of turning around lost revenue on long-distance ambulance runs, Resolution No. 2020-0113-01 was adopted for ambulance providers to be reimbursed by TennCare at a rate of not less than the current Medicare fee schedule.

County Executive Ben Danner explained that ambulance service directors in the Upper Cumberland have been working with legislators to try to get this legislation passed.

“Because TennCare, they don’t pay back the same as what they do Medicare, and a lot of the counties like us that are so far from Nashville, we end up losing on these long runs because of the low rate that TennCare pays back,” Executive Danner said.

To help offset expenses of county operated traffic signals, application for a Traffic Signal Modernization Grant was approved, in an amount up to $250,000 with no match required.

Application for a grant through AFG for the Ambulance Service for up to $300,000 for 7 heart monitors/equipment, with a 10% match, was approved.

Red Rock Drive, Bethlehem Estates Drive, and Doubtree Lane were added to the official county road list.

The Highway Department’s County Road List was approved, as recommended by the Highway Committee.

General Fund 101 Amendment #1 and Drug Fund 122 Amendment #1 were approved, as recommended by the Budget Committee.

General Purpose School Fund 141 Amendment #1 and Central Cafeteria Fund 143 Amendment #1 were approved, as recommended by the Education Committee and the Budget Committee.

School Quarterly Reports through September 30, 2019 were approved, as recommended by the Education Committee and the Budget Committee.

Millard Oakley Public Library was given approval to designate a monitor as surplus for disposal, as recommended by the Highway Committee and the County Property Committee.

Malinda Morgan, Cynthia Qualls, and Elizabeth Huggins were approved as notaries at-large.

Minutes of the November 18, 2019 County Commission meeting were approved.

Receipt of the 2019-2020 budget by Tennessee Comptroller’s Office was acknowledged.

Sherry Jackson with the Census Bureau gave a presentation.

“This is the first Census that everyone can respond either online, by phone, or paper questionnaire,” Jackson said.

Before the meeting adjourned, Executive Danner announced that the next regular monthly meeting will be held Monday, Feb. 10.