By Gary Nelson
Senior staff writer
Community Complex Manager Donnie Moody was given permission from the building and grounds committee to pursue energy grants and apply for them in order to upgrade county facilities at the Cumberland County Community Complex.
The committee met last week at the Community Complex and Moody reviewed some ideas with the committee.
"I'd like to be able to make some improvements to the facility and it could possibly bring in more rentals as well as save the county money in utility bills," Moody said.
Moody said the county roughly pays $57,000 a year for the utilities at the Community Complex for the Exhibitor's Building, smaller exhibit building, UT Extension office, Country Store, Farm and Ag. Livestock Barn and arena.
"We make money from those events, but we could do a lot more if we were able to make some improvements in here (large exhibitor's building)," Moody said.
Moody proposed adding newer lighting, a drop ceiling in the building, adding duct work for heat and HVAC and covering the metal I-beams with sheetrock.
"Our rentals would go up because it would look a little nicer and the savings in the utilities over a few years would add up," Moody said.
He estimated the lighting upgrades to be approximately $5,800 and around $11,000 for the ceiling.
"There is also a program through TVA and other grants we may be able to look into and get for the project," Moody said. "I'd like to get permission to look into the grants and pursue them and maybe do something next winter."
Charles Seiber, 4th District commissioner, made a motion to allow Moody to pursue the grants, look at the options and get some price quotes. Roy Turner, 7th District commissioner, supported the motion and it was unanimously approved.
Carmin Lynch, 9th District commissioner, then asked Moody if he had been renting the cabin out at the Community Complex.
"No, it is not empty yet so I am unable to rent that out to anyone," Moody said.
Lynch said he couldn't understand why.
"Our agreement with the Fair Board was that if we let them build that new building, they would vacate that cabin building and put their stuff in their new building. That's been almost a year," Lynch said.
Lynch then made a motion to have Moody notify the Fair Board they had until March 1, 2013 to remove their belongings and vacate the cabin building or the county would start charging them rent.
Dave Hassler, 3rd District commissioner, supported the motion and it was unanimously approved.
Moody also asked for permission to replace the thermostats in all of the buildings at the Community Complex with computer controlled so he could adjust the temperature in the buildings after the buildings are closed and locked.
The committee also granted him permission.
Moody said he would pay for the new thermostats out of the Community Complex budget.