Plats created by surveyor should make auctioning off old store a little easier

Published 9:33 am Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The Carter County Planning Commission made auctioning off the O.F. White property in Siam a little easier Tuesday.

Board members approved plats generated by surveyor Dennis Pierce, who detailed property lines for 32 lots. The entire parcel totals 94.93 acres. 

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The survey also helped define Carter County Highway Department rights of way, Carter County Planning Director Chris Schuettler said.

The continuing search for a county inspector was also discussed briefly. With the passage of the original deadline for resume submissions earlier this month, Schuettler decided to extend it to the second week of July.

“What we are trying to do is come into compliance with the criteria set forth by the County Commission,” Schuettler said. “We’ve trained them and then lost them all to higher paying jobs in other counties.”

In other news, a long-standing agenda item was deferred until the need arises for the board to take action.

“We want to reduce the regulated size of campgrounds so that we can get more of them,” Schuettler said. “Campgrounds bring tourists and tourists bring money.”

People interested in starting a campground in the community have run into issues with meeting the regulation size requirement.

“We’ve had some people come in and question this,” Schuettler said. “There are also several people interested in creating or expanding campgrounds.”

Even though the board voted to wait on approving the campground regulation revision, Schuettler thinks the topic will come back up soon.

Approval of the First Tennessee Development District’s contract of services was also postponed.

There is some language in the contract that needs to be revised, Schuettler said. 

The board also voted to take five properties to court over various code violations. “We are really starting to get some better movement in court,” Schuettler said.

Properties involved include 216 Garland Branch, 301 Smalling Road, an apartment complex on Ashley Road and two properties along the Elizabethton Highway.