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Commissioners amend budget to hire Grants Coordinator

SPEAKING – Lori Dillahunty, head chairman of the Inclusion Park Project speaks at the County Commission meeting with Social/Marketing Chairman Krustal Tippitt at right.
Sgt. Dwayne Tordsen of the Sheriff’s Dept.


Carroll County Commissioners amended the General Fund Budget by $18,897 for a Grants Coordinator position at the Feb. 13 meeting. This was among six resolutions that passed during the session.
Commissioners also heard from Lori Dillahunty, head chairman of the Inclusion Park project, and Krystal Tippitt, Social/ Marketing chairman, concerning their purpose in forming the group. It was to create an Inclusion Park where all children can play together. It will be located on Mustang Drive between the Sesquicentennial Park and Kelley Sports Complex. The project has raised $71,000 in 18 months and will have a Sponsorship Celebration with a dinner, live music, raffle, and Inclusion Fashion fashion show on March 25th at 6 p.m. at the Civic Center. The progress of the project can be followed on Website, Instagram or Facebook.
The Grants Coordinator resolution passed unanimously. However, Commissioner Cyril Ostiguy said at first he wouldn’t support it because it called for a secretary. However, he did vote for it after County Mayor Joseph Butler said that was just a line item in the budget and that another person would not be hired.
Sgt. Dwayne Tordsen of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department spoke about a million dollar grant the Sheriff’s Department received from the Evidence-Based Programming Project through the Tennessee Office of Criminal Justice Programs. The funds were allocated for over a three-year period.
“The program will help inmates succeed when they get out of jail and help them make better choices,” said Tordsen. The program will partner with mental health and is believed that such a program can reduce the prison population by 80 percent.
Commissioners passed a resolution to accept $107,706 as a portion of that grant.
The Carroll County Highway Department will be getting two gravel trucks at a cost of $268,000. A resolution passed that amended the Highway Fund Budget for a capital outlay note for that amount.
A resolution passed that amended the General Fund Budget for grants for $20,000 and $6,000 through the Tenn. Dept. of Mental Health. The funds will be used for supplies and materials, travel, conferences, printing, and other non-personnel expenses, and salaries and benefits.
Two other resolutions passed that made appointments to boards.
Braden Maddox was appointed to the Carroll County Library Board and Steve Parker was appointed to the Carroll-Henry County Railroad Authority. Maddox’s term will expire July 2023 and Parker’s term will end Feb. 2025.
Butler announced that Carroll County Emergency Management director Janice Newman and her assistant Amanda Sneed had received a grant for $75,000. It will be used for air packs and turnout gear for the county fire departments.
The quarterly report from the Indigent Care Board was accepted.
All monthly reports were filed with the exception of the fire department report which will be sent later.
Elected as notaries were Angela C. Birmingham, Ronnie Breeden, Addie Lou Chase, Jason D . McCord, Brandy Leeann Petty and Brittany S . Smith.

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