Insurance Bids, Ambulance Service Director, Grants are Topics of Monday Co. Commission Meeting

The Fentress Co. Commission met in regular monthly session on Monday, June 20  and took action on a number of items of business in a brief but busy meeting.

The meeting was called to order by County Executive J. Michael Cross, followed by the presentation of the Colors by the Çlarkrange High School Color Guard, Pledge to the Flag led by Jeff Green, and opening prayer by Steve Boutelle.

A moment of silence was then observed in memory of Fentress County Clerk & Master Kathryn Taylor, who recently passed away.

The roll call by County Clerk Marilyn Stephens, showed all members present except Larry Cooper, after which they approved the notary list and the minutes of the May 16th meeting.

The first order of business was the presentation of military medals to the Harrison Caywood family by commissioners Lester Gooding and Don Williams.  The family was also presented a U.S. Flag by Frank Mullinix from the American Legion Post 137.

Next, on a unanimous vote, they confirmed the appointment of Michael Paul Beaty as Fentress County Ambulance Service Director.

They then approved bids from the Rains Agency as presented by John Cook for the County Property and Casualty Insurance in the amount of $170,279, plus $153,194 for Workers Compensation, for a total estimated annual premium of $323,473.00, which was reportedly $12,000 less than last year; and approved the insurance package for the Fentress County Highway Department of $67,447, including Workers Compensation, which was some $6,000 less than last year.

They then accepted a letter of approval from the State of Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury Office authorizing the issuance of a two-year “Fentress County Highway Improvement Capital Outlay Note” not to exceed $475,000.

The Commission then passed a resolution authorizing grant writer Amanda Mainord to make application for a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)  for the construction of an emergency shelter in the Pall Mall community. The grant will be for $315,000, with the county’s match of only $28,000.

They also approved a resolution authorizing the submission of an application for a Litter and Trash Collecting Grant for Fiscal Year 2016-17 from the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

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