Budget, Library, Senior Center Are Commission Meeting Topics


The Fentress Co. Commission met Monday, August 19 in the last regularly-scheduled session for the present commission members, and took action on a number of items of business in a brief but busy session.

Following the call to order by Executive Frank Smith, the presentation of Colors by  Clarkrange High School JROTC, the Pledge to the Flag by Leonard Bilbrey, and opening prayer by Ray Buck, the roll call showed all members present.

Following approval of the notary list and approval of the minutes of the July 21, 2014 session, outgoing commission members Leonard Bilbrey, Floyd Stephens, and Bob Pile were recognized for a total of 94 years of service on the commission.

Plaques were presented to Bilbrey for his 42 years of service; to Stephens for 32 years of service, and to Pile for 20 years of service.

The commission then unanimously approved a resolution authorizing the Fentress County Library to apply for a State of Tennessee Significations Construction Grant not to exceed 50% of the project budget, or $100,000, whichever is less, for Fentress County government.

Next, they approved two budget amendments for the Fentress County Senior Citizens Center, the first to approve the carry-over of fundraising money from last year, and the second to approve release of shuttle bus fundraiser money.

After reviewing bids for a shuttle bus for the senior center, Commissioner Bilbrey made a motion to accept the bid of $39,900 from Carpenter Bus Sales of Franklin, TN for a 2010 Ford Starcraft/Allstar 25’ bus with a 26-passenger capacity.  This motion was seconded by Ray Buck and passed with all voting for.

Read the rest of the story in this weeks Fentress Courier.