The commission has approved spending $1,385 for HVAC repairs at the J Sports Building.
This isn’t the first time the county has paid expenses for Trail Manor, the business that currently occupies the J Sports Building. Trail Manor has already avoided $54,000 in rent payments through its lease agreement and a reprieve it was granted in October.
The Campbell County Commission granted Trail Manor a six-month delay from paying rent at the October 2012 meeting.
“They will end up paying it,” County Mayor William Baird said at the October meeting. “It will just be put on the end of the contract. It will extend the contract.”
At the time, Trail Manor was already receiving six months’ worth of free rent. Trail Manor moved into the J Sports Building in November 2011, William Baird said at the October 2012 meeting. The original agreement with the county commission involved a three-year lease and free rent for six months, William Baird said.
Trail Manor’s rent is $4,500 a month, Campbell County Finance Director Jeff Marlow said in an email.
The resolution allocating funds to pay for HVAC repairs at the J Sports Building was approved at Tuesday’s county commission meeting along with five other budget amendments. The motion to approve the budget amendments passed with nine yes votes and four no votes. Commissioners Charles Baird, Beverly Hall, Tom Hatmaker and Sue Nance voted against the budget amendments. Commissioners Terry Singley and Wendell Bailey were absent.
The county has decided to spend $55,385 to accommodate Trail Manor. The reason for this is because Trail Manor has provided 25 jobs, William Baird said in a phone interview Monday.
“And hopefully, they have plans to expand,” William Baird said. “Build a bigger building. Make (another) line of campers or R.V.”
The commission approved participating in a $4 million Tennessee Department of Transportation project that will raise an industrial access road at the Interstate 75 exit 141. The county and the town of Caryville would each provide $93,000.
“Is any of the cost for building the road itself?” Hatmaker asked.
“No, the state’s doing that itself,” William Baird said.
The county’s money will pay for the right of way, William Baird said.
The motion to approve the county’s participation in the project passed with 13 yes votes. Singley and Bailey were absent.
The commission approved purchasing seven acres next to the airport. Federal regulations regarding clearance required the county to purchase the land because it contained trees, William Baird said. It was appraised at $40,350. The federal government will pay 90 percent of the cost and the state will pay 5 percent. The county must pay $2,017.50.
The motion passed with 13 yes votes. Singley and Bailey were absent.
Animal Control Advisory Board
The commission appointed five members to the animal control advisory board.
Elizabeth Asbury and Patricia Simpson were appointed as at large members. Mike Sawinski was appointed to represent Jellico, Caryville Police Chief Johnny Jones was appointed to represent Caryville and Dewey Madison was appointed to represent Jacksboro. LaFollette’s representative on the board, Stan Foust, is serving a term that hasn’t expired yet, William Baird said.