City Council addresses February business agenda

Published 10:24 pm Friday, February 11, 2022

BY IVAN SANDERS
STAR STAFF
Elizabethton City Council worked through nine new items of business after settling the Carter County Car Club Cruise-in application process during Thursday’s meeting.
Approval was given in a 6-1 vote to add additional funds to the Walk of Honor and/or War Memorial in the amount of $30,300 to use for the maintenance and improvements for both.
The committee for both sites has already obtained quotes for five background mosaics at the Walk of Honor, engraving for bricks, and sandblasting.
“The War Memorial needs a lot of treatment,” said Mayor Pro-Tem Bill Carter, who also is the chairman for the committee. “We have added the extension to the Walk of Honor to take care of future applications and currently we have 43 applications on hand. We have 5,280 bricks already up on the Walk of Honor.”
The council also approved a resolution to approve an application to the THDA Home Grant Program in the amount of $500,000 in non-match funds. The program is federally funded that promotes the production, preservation, and rehabilitation of single-family housing for low-income households. First Tennessee Development District will work alongside city staff in applying for the grant.
The bid by G&L Tank was accepted by Council and the contract awarded for the painting of the inside of the Sabine Water tank. The bid came in at $157,750 and is part of the planned maintenance of the city’s water tanks which involved the rotation of painting the inside and outside of the tanks according to Water Resource Manager Jonathan Pleasant.
A first reading was also conducted to consider a budget ordinance amendment to the general fund regarding a contract with Clyde Masters Productions.
According to Purchasing Director Greg Workman, the company will be bringing a well-known Christian artist and country artist to Citizens Bank Stadium to help kick off this year’s Covered Bridge Days.
Wednesday, Sept. 21, will be Christian artist night while Thursday, Sept. 22, will be Country night which will lead into the weekend Covered Bridge celebration.
Mike Mains, Elizabethton Parks and Recreation Director, said that the artist’s names will be one that everyone will immediately recognize and should really help to build up excitement for all the activities that are planned. The concerts will be ticketed events.
Lastly, the Council gave approval to lease the former Elizabethton/Carter County Chamber of Commerce building on U.S. Highway 19-E to the Carter Compassion Center, Inc. for three years for $1 per year.
Carter Compassion Committee Chairman Pastor Brandon Young clarified for Council a rumor that has been going around in regard to the center.
“I want to make sure that everyone understands that this building is to serve as a hub to help the homeless and others seeking help to find the resources they need to hopefully help get them out of poverty. A paper trail will be kept on each individual to ensure that they are not going from church to church or nonprofits seeking the same assistance.
“There will not be any homeless people sleeping in front of the center or near the park. We will only be directing people in the right direction to seek the assistance and mentoring they need.”

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