JACKSBORO, TN (WLAF) – County commissioners held their first infrastructure committee meeting on Thursday evening via Zoom. Due to hacking issues, the meeting was quickly closed to the public.  Audio and/or video of the meeting will be published on WLAF as soon as it is received from the county  LISTEN HERE.

The infrastructure committee was established to decide what to do with state funds the county expects to receive.  Previously it was thought the county would receive around $400,000 to be used on infrastructure needs. Since then, the state has announced counties no longer have to submit applications for the funds and that monies will be sent directly to counties. Campbell County expects to received between $800,000 to $1 million, which can be used “where the county needs to.”
Commissioner Rusty Orick said he thought the county should “hold onto the funds until December” due to the uncertainty of the economy with revenues being down from the Coronavirus pandemic. He made a motion  the funds be held  until December to see what revenue shortfalls the county experiences. The motion passed unanimously.
“That will not stop this committee from making plans,” Orick said, adding that the committee can continue with infrastructure planning needs.
All plans also have to go through the budget and finance committee for approval as well.
Additionally, commissioners approved the goals of the committee, which include to serve as an intermediary between the communication and the waterline extension committee in facilitation of infrastructure development, as well as to work to prioritize the infrastructure needs of the county.
Commissioners also briefly discussed the need to open up another drive through for the clerk’s office and car registration.  “It’s been backed up down into the street,” Orick said.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 07/10/2020-6AM)

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