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City Council set to return to City Hall chamber

BY IVAN SANDERS
STAR STAFF
ivan.sanders@elizabethton.com
When the Elizabethton City Council meets in their regularly-scheduled April meeting on Thursday, April 8, at 6 p.m., it will be the first time that the Council will meet in an in-person setting for quite a while as they had been meeting via Zoom due to the COVID protocol that was in place.

After approving the minutes from the March 2021 meeting, the Council is set to recognize Keep Carter County Beautiful Chairman Edward Jordan for being presented the 2021 Love Where You Live Award.

Mitch Miller of NeTREP will follow with a brief presentation on recent activities.

As the Council moves into the business portion of the meeting, City Manager Daniel Estes will present to the Council the monthly City Manager report along with Department reports along with any other reports.

In old business, the Council will hear the second reading and hold a public hearing on the City of Elizabethton 2020/2021 Budget Ordinance Amendment #4 for the Water Sewer Fund.

Moving into the new business, the Council will consider the agreement between Northeast Community Credit Union / Joe O’Brien Field and Boyd Sports Lease Agreement.

Also, along the lines of sports, an amendment to extend the contract with Hampton Golf to continue running the operations for the Elizabethton Golf Course will be discussed.

Three events will also be before the Council as they will hear from the BBQ Blues and Brews Festival at the Covered Bridge Park, Evenings on Elk, and the Roan Groan Bike Race committees in regards to their upcoming events.

The first reading on the Elizabethton City Schools 2020/2021 Budget Ordinance Amendment #1 for the General Purpose School Fund will also be heard by the Council.

Other items to be heard is an update MOU on the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA) Mentorship Grant, a Request for Proposal for food concession services for Lions Field Park, Cat Island Park, and Franklin Pool, and a bid award and five-year contract for Electrical Circuit Tree Trimming.

Also, the Council will accept a gift of a Historical Train Display from the Elizabethton/Carter County Chamber of Commerce.

A bid for the Reeser Road bridge replacement will be before the Council as well.

The Beverage Board will convene immediately following the regular Council meeting with two requests for a Temporary Beer permit by The Friends of the Bonnie Kate Theater and Joy McCray, Executive Director, Elizabethton Chamber of Commerce.