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City Council takes on list of public requests during monthly meeting

By Bethany Anderson
Freelance Writer

During its regularly scheduled monthly meeting, the Mountain City TN council addressed a sizable list of requests relating to upcoming events.
One of such requests came from local Cub Scout Pack 9 that requested permission to use Ralph Stout Park for a campout and flag retirement ceremonies in honor of Veterans Day Weekend.
While permission was granted unanimously, the council mentioned that the Pack would be responsible for getting the necessary permits for the campfire, which was wholeheartedly agreed.
The council next faced representative of the Johnson County Trail Association regarding Goose Creek Trail. It was requested that the mowers back off from the creek by about 3-5 feet to allow native vegetation and wildflowers to return. The association also asked for permission to plant a pair of trees which would be donated by the Johnson County Trail Association. The city agreed to these requests and offered for the Public Works Department to help with planting.
Representatives from the newly formed Heritage Square Development Committee then took its turn to explain their request to make their driveway around the back of the area into a one-way direction. It was mentioned that there have been a number of “near misses” when it comes to pedestrians trying to navigate the sometimes hectic parking lot and driveway. It was unanimously decided that this would be a good idea going forward and that the Mountain City Police Department would assist
with proper signage and painting.
City Recorder Sheila Shaw mentioned that because of homeowner concerns and confusion, they are planning a Pre-Construction Meeting to clear up any lingering confusion about the sidewalk construction project along South Main St/Hwy67 near the Health Center.
The Board of Alderman also acknowledged a request from Johnson County Mayor Mike Taylor to support a project called “Tennessee Music Pathways.” This project was described as being similar to Virginia’s “Crooked Road” project. It would require permission for two signs to go up in the downtown area to recognize the region’s musical heritage.
After motioning to support this project, Alderman Morrison stated, “Music is our heritage, and we need to preserve it.”