By Bonnie Davis Guy
The October 4, 2016 town of Mountain City Council Meeting came to order promptly at 6:30 pm with Mayor Keeble, Vice Mayor Bud Crosswhite, and all aldermen in attendance. The first person on the schedule to speak was Public Health Educator, Angie Stout, from the Johnson County Health Department. She addressed the mayor and aldermen asking permission to put up signs in public areas frequented by children, making the area a voluntary no smoking zone. These signs would be paid for with tobacco endowment funds earmarked for smoking education and cessation programs. According to Stout, over the past three years and the implementing of these programs, the health department has seen a reduction in youth smoking. The current program focus is no smoking in public parks or areas where children frequent and are exposed to second hand smoke. The council unanimously supported these efforts and gave permission for the signage to be placed in the play area at Ralph Stout and other parks.
Travis White, PTO president at Roan Creek Elementary, asked the council for permission to be placed on the roadblock schedule. The Roan Creek PTO hopes to raise money to help the school with needed projects. Last year’s roadblock allowed the organization to provide assistance with an additional computer lab at the school. The request was approved and the roadblock will be scheduled in November.
The consent calendar, consisting of the approval of the September minutes and the second and final reading of budget amendment ordinances number 1516-1520, was unanimously approved by roll call. Next on the agenda were concerns and comments from the council members. Bud Crosswhite and Jerry Jordan had no concerns, and expressed gratitude to the city workers for their continued hard work. Kenny Icenhour mentioned a concern about ATVs illegally entering the Doe Mountain Recreational area via private property instead of through the main entrance to avoid the fee. This will be addressed with the Doe Mountain board at their next meeting.
According to Bob Morrison, after last month’s meeting, he had visited the Goose Creek Trail project site. “I feel if the bridge area is kept cleaned out it will not cause additional flooding,” he said. Morrison also requested that the official Halloween hours be posted as October 31st from 6:00-8:00pm.
Mayor Keeble announced the city had been awarded another $525,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). This will be used in a similar manner to the other grants for improvement projects and infrastructure. Keeble followed up on several items from last month’s meeting, including the Ralph Stout park tunnel gates. The final issue is to receive state approval for the gates.
Sheila Shaw, city recorder, announced she had received a quote for the new city truck. This will be a capital expenditure and had previously been approved. A motion was made and approved to proceed with the truck order with an all yes roll call. Shaw also requested a special work session to give the council details about the employee health insurance options for the upcoming year. The meeting was set for October 18th at 5pm.
Chris Hook gave the council an update on the College Street project. After running into issues with old galvanized pipes and shared water taps to five to seven locations at businesses and apartments on Main Street, decisions on a repair plan were made and a change order for $29,643.00 was requested and approved. According to Hook, the College Street project is on tract and will be completed within the next two weeks. Hook also stated he had gone to Hawkins Lane as per the council’s request and the water line is feasible. However, it is extensive and would require an engineering plan. The city engineering firm will be consulted and decisions will go forward following their recommendations.
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