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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Cumberland Co. Mayor Kenneth Carey speaks to city council on shooting sports park & dispatch salary increases

Cumberland County mayor Kenneth Carey addressed to topic with the Crossville city council during their called meeting on July 22 including a proposed shooting sports park and the status if dispatcher salaries in the emergency communications operation.

Cumberland Co. Mayor Kenneth Carey

Mayor Carey told the council that the shooting sports park was moving forward slowly. (The project was originally approved just over a year ago would include funding from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency TWRA.) He said the plan had gotten through most of the environmental process including a check for endangered bats. Carey said no bats were found.

The next step is working with the Tennessee College of Applied Technology to get some drawings and plans. Carey said if they can get those items completed by next month, the project will be submitted to the TWRA board for a funding decision.

Story on Shooting Sports Park from 2015

Mayor Carey also addressed the issue of dispatch salaries explaining to the council that the county had done “a fairly extensive salary wage scale” adding that the city and county share the costs of the operation. Carey added, “The dispatch pay has been so low that literally, we've had a revolving door with training folks and then they go somewhere else to work for quite a bit more money. They wanted me to pass that along to you folks.”

According to Carey, the new wage scale was adopted by the county commission budget committee. He added it still had to go through the full county budget adoption. He said the ball park numbers would add about $20,000 more each year for the city and county to fund the additional salary.

“Our emergency services are only as good as the information they get before they go to a call,” stressed Mayor Carey. Carey said he would get a copy of the study to the city for their review.

Co. Mayor Carey addresses Crossville city council on shooting sports park 
and dispatch salary increase.




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