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Busy agenda for Mountain City Council

By Bonnie Davis Guy

The August 2nd Mountain City Council Meeting came to order with Mayor Keeble and all aldermen in attendance. Following the invocation, pledge, and roll call, three speakers from the community addressed city council members. James Osborne, who recently received a tax notification on his property located on Holy Hill Road, spoke first. According to Osborne, in previous years the property, with the exception of a 1.47 acre plot, has not been subject to city taxes. Osborne maintains the majority of his property, including his home, is located in the county.  He also stated he receives no city services at his home. Osborne was told his dispute would be investigated and he would be given an answer. ”If his property is found to be in the city limits no exceptions will be made,” said Mayor Keeble.
Charles Jennings, representing the Youth Sports League, asked the council for permission to hold practices for both football and cheerleading at Ralph Stout Park. Jennings also asked to be placed on the schedule for roadblock fund raising. Permission to use the park was granted but the league was reminded that it is their responsibility to clean up after their practices. Sheila Shaw will schedule the roadblock.
Denise Woods from the Action Coalition informed the council that due to state funding cuts for enforcement activities, the coalition will also need to schedule a road block to raise funds to support providing enforcement. Again, Shaw will place them on the schedule to have a roadblock. The consent calendar was approved with an all yes roll call.
According to Alderman Icenhour, street lights on North Church have been lit non-stop. Although it has been reported, due to storm clean-up efforts the electric company has not yet had the time to take care of the situation. According to Billy Watson, the issue is more than likely a sensor. Icenhour asked Shaw to monitor the electric bill to ensure any overages that are excessive are brought to the attention of Mountain City Electric.
Alderman Bob Morrison thanked the city workers for an excellent job on the street side planter in front of Sassy Kats.
“I don’t know exactly how to express myself on this project, it certainly is not what I had thought it was going to be,” Morrison stated regarding the Goose Creek Trail project. He went on to say he had envisioned a trail to be used for walking, biking, horses, and possibly ATVs.
“It is different than what we envisioned when we began the project but I think ultimately it will be a good thing,” said Keeble. According to the mayor, he was advised this week about an issue with the trail that is creating costs above the original budget. It seems the trail was built under the Highway 67 bridge and the sides of the banks are giving away, causing more construction efforts. Pilings and cages filled with rock are being added to stabilize the creek bank and allow the trail to be put in place.
Shaw informed the council she is currently investigating through VFIS, the leading insurer of emergency organizations such as fire departments and Tennessee Municipal League Intergovernmental Insurance to find out if non employees can continue to ride in emergency vehicles for the purpose of parades. In another area of Tennessee, there was an accident involving an emergency vehicle carrying Santa and tossing candy to the parade crowd that ended in a pedestrian being hit. So far the insurance carrier is saying the practice is certainly frowned upon. Shaw and McEwen will continue to research the issue and come up with a firm answer well before parade season.
For the rest of the story, pick up a copy of this week’s Tomahawk.