February’s monthly meeting of the Mountain City Council began with a presentation by ETSU medical student, Shae Conner. An organization known as Honor Air in Knoxville, TN flies military veterans to Washington D.C. to see the war memorials there. The service costs about $500 per veteran and is typically provided through the generosity of the community where the veterans reside. Noticing the large numbers of veterans in Johnson County, especially World War II veterans, Conner has been raising funds to send as many World War II vets as possible to see the WWII Memorial in Washington D.C.
Having only done estimate work on the total number of World War II veterans in the county, Mayor Parsons requested an exact figure on how many people would actually be interested in the proposal. Parsons explained that the city would be willing to cooperate with Conner’s plan but would have to have a better idea of how much funding would be required.
Howard Carlton was present representing the Johnson County Little
League. Carlton requested permission to hold a Little League parade on April 10th at 9 a.m. as well as a roadblock for fundraising on April 16th and 17th. Another fundraising roadblock was also requested for the Johnson County High School band boosters on March 6th.
Returning from a trip to Nashville, Mayor Parsons informed the council of a proposal by Governor Phil Bredesen that would allow
Johnson County to keep the presence of state law enforcement in the county. The proposal would raise license renewals and new license fees to $46.00 and would apply only to class D licenses. To alleviate some of the costs, renewals would occur every eight years instead of the present five years.
Dan Devane, from the Datamatic Company was on hand again this month to answer any questions the council might have concerning the possible purchase of a new wireless, automatic meter reading system. Some concern was raised by city recorder Terry Reece, who questioned Devane about some of the problems that had been reported from other water systems that had used the Datamatic product. Mr. Devane informed the council that earlier products had seen problems, but the current Mozaic meter reading system would definitely work for Mountain City. Devane went further, saying that his company would be more than happy to take members of the council to one of the cities in the region that is currently using the system to see it in action. Bridgeport, Alabama is one of the closest and has seen great success with Datamatic’s product. Not wanting to rush into the purchase, the council will hold a work session to review other
companies’ proposals.
Further discussion was held concerning repairs to the city pool. Costs to bring the pool back into shape are estimated at $27,000 to $30,000. Alderman Keeble made a point to say, “While the pool is actually a drain on funds for the city, I don’t feel we should let the citizens of Mountain City down, and we should provide this service.” Faced with repairing the pool or closing it, a motion was made to create a budget amendment found in reserve funds to put the pool back into operation. Since this is a repair that will only last a few years, further discussion will be held at a later time concerning the possibility of a new year-round pool.
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