City Council to discuss plans for Bonnie Kate Thursday

Published 9:25 am Wednesday, October 12, 2016

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The Elizabethton City Council meet to address a relatively cut-and-dry agenda on Thursday, Oct. 14, beginning at City Hall beginning at 6 p.m.
With recent progress made at the Bonnie Kate building, with the opening of the Sugar Love Bakery & Cafe, councilmen will look to put through some housekeeping measures to keep the renovations continuing at the location.
The City Council will place an ordinance through first reading in regards to amend the 2016-17 budget in regards to purchasing the vacant parking lot beside the Bonnie Kate building.
City officials originally passed the measure for Bonnie Kate to be made in a two-part transaction with the building being purchased with the Elizabethton-Carter County Foundation grant funding first, which has already passed, and the parking lot to follow.
The budget amendment is being made to increase the appropriations to the general fund. The original budgeted amount for the parking lot was set at $20,800 but the amendment will move that total to $25,8000 with the lot being paid from the city’s general ledger expenditure account.
Councilmen will also put a budget ordinance through its second and final reading Thursday in regards to the Bonnie Kate Fund.
The City Council recently passed the ordinance through first on Thursday, Sept. 8, to open a bank account to be used for grant checks, rents, donations to pay any expenditures associated with the Bonnie Kate building. The revenue and expenditure items will be separate from the city’s financials and will be account for “specifically for The Bonnie Kate Fund”, according to information provided by City Hall. Funds either received or paid out by the fund will be presented to the Bonnie Kate Board for review and approval.
Elizabethton water department also has a pair of items appearing on the agenda. The City Council will look to approve action to award contracts to recommended McGill Associates for water loss reduction in the city. The City received a $450,000 Community Development Block Grant for the item. All the work performed will be done in-house by city crews.
Councilmen will also approve action on a resolution to approve a work order with Amec Foster Wheeler for the city’s mandatory stormwater program.
Also on the docket Thursday is:
the consideration and action to approve a master agreement between the City of Elizabethton and National Joint Powers Alliance
• the consideration and action to approve an agreement to establish a recycling drop off point near the Elizabethton Housing and Development Agency location near Pine Ridge.
• the first reading of an ordinance to adopt an employee position classification plan and classification and compensation plan.
• the discussion of approving a traffic control request from the Johnson City Parks and Recreation Department for the United Methodist Tweetsie Trail Event that will occur Saturday, Oct. 22, and have minimal effect of traffic on West G Street and Gap Creek Road.
• the discussion to approve downtown road closure for the annual downtown Halloween Trick-or-Treat event. The event will be held on October 31 from 3 to 4:30 p.m.
Citizens are encouraged to attend each City Council meeting.

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