Campbell County Commission EMS committee, Budget committee, and Workshop meetings were held Monday evening via Zoom Internet Meetings as the concern for public health remains amidst the COVID-19 outbreak.
The EMS committee had a brief meeting about which company to use for EMS billing and chose unanimously to proceed with a contract of a company aptly named “EMS”. A short discussion on why EMS was more advantageous to the county than other companies that submitted bids preceded the vote.
The budget committee meeting began shortly after and opened with a motion to approve the proposed budget amendments. Delinquent property tax sales will be cancelled due to COVID-19 provisions effecting the General Purpose School fund. The school district received a grant to help students with adverse childhood experiences gain access to licensed therapists from the youth endowment fund of the East Tennessee Foundation. A brief discussion followed about working on a lost revenue budget in addition to a no growth budget, and the committee ultimately decided to go with a no growth budget and will look at the possibility of a lost revenue budget if the effects of COVID-19 continue to burden the county financially. It was mentioned that the two most effected areas in the county budget were the gasoline tax and sales taxes. All budget resolutions were approved.
The last meeting on the agenda for Monday was the Commission Workshop. The commission will form an infrastructure committee to dispense funds provided by the governor for water line, road, and rural broadband projects. Commissioner Zachary Marlow proposed a resolution to have as many commissioners on the committee as possible as opposed to a typical committee of five. Mayor EL Morton expects the broadband project to be ready for bidding within the next 60 days, and the project to begin within the next fiscal year. Commissioner Orick proposed a sign honoring all of the graduating students in the county who did not get to have a ceremony to celebrate their accomplishments. Mayor Morton gave a brief update on COVID-19 and stated Campbell County is still at a net zero for active cases and that out of 397 tests, no test has resulted as positive.
In-person commission meetings are not expected to resume until June and the Commission will meet to vote on items from the workshop on Monday, May 18th.