Elizabethton City Council honors EMS and approves beer permit for Twins

Published 8:49 am Monday, May 13, 2019

The Elizabethton City Council met in regular session but reconvened as the beer board Thursday night to issue a proclamation, receive comments from the public and pass several old and new business items, which included allowing beer to be served during Elizabethton Twins games.

Starting off this month’s session was Mayor Curt Alexander issuing a proclamation honoring the city’s emergency medical service personnel. EMS officials Terry Arnold and Sam Shipley were present to receive the proclamation.

Elizabethton native Janette Morgan was the only citizen to speak during public comments. Morgan complained that over 18 persons has received letters that their lawn was a “hair length’s longer than six inches.” When questioned by Councilman Jeff Treadway about who sent the letters, Morgan did not say.

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The agenda included filling a vacancy for an unexpired term on the planning commission — urban region. Alexander gave members of the council a month to “bring him a name” to fill the seat.

Repairs needed for the Covered Bridge raised some eyebrows because of the $925,000 price tag. Even though, as released documents show, the Transportation Alternative Program Grant would cover up to 80 percent of the costs, the city will have to cover the rest — which will be over $180,000.

Some taxpayer relief was seen over the replacement of the bridge over Gap Creek on Southside Road. TDOT will be footing the entire cost of the project under the IMPROVE Act of 2017 and the High Priority Bridge Replacement Program.

The council then considered and passed unanimously the following resolutions: approved a subscriber agreement with Transunion Risk and Alternative Data Solutions and allowing the police department to continue the use of Transunion’s TLOxp’s database. The council also passed a new lease agreement with Tennessee’s Department of Human Services for the vocational rehabilitation facility located at 407 Cherokee Park Drive.

The council then reconvened to hear a proposal by Brice Ballentine, Elizabethton Twins general manager, to approve a beer permit at the Twins baseball field during games and other Twins related events held at the stadium. The board approved unanimously to grant the permit.