Caryville approves site plan guidelines, building codes

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By Beth Braden

Caryville has adopted the international residential building code on its first reading at Monday night’s meeting.

“This is the order that establishes an international residential building code that all communities has to go by. We’re just getting in compliance with that,” said Alderman Glenn Smith.

The move means the old building code ordinance will be deleted in full and replaced by the new code.

The new guidelines are available at the Caryville Municipal Building.

Builders in Caryville will also have new requirements for planning their construction sites.

“It’s a pretty detailed ordinance,” said Smith.

According to the ordinance, developers must have their site plans reviewed and approved by the planning commission before building can commence. There are 17 items to be completed on the checklist, including north point and scale, location of existing and proposed structures and utilities, storm water drainage plan, parking plan, dedicated easements, and refuse collection.

“I think it’s a good idea to have everything in plans,” said Caryville Mayor Chris Stanley.

“It’s really more detailed than we’ve had in a long time,” said Smith.


There was an $11,079 difference in revenues and expenditures, leaving the town with total bank balances of $395,718.

“Revenue is down a little bit,” Stanley said. “We are getting into the season where travel is slowing down, tourism is down. We also know it’s probably gonna be tough the next three or four months to get revenue up.”

Water Supply Lines

A new water line is bringing cleaner water to residents on Lawson Lane in Bruce’s Gap.

“There’s a big difference. Before, down Lawson Lane, that was the end of the line, you’d get all this sediment and stuff in the water,” said Alderman Lloyd Lawson. “They hooked us up and it made all the difference in the world.”

The new line replaced a water line installed during the 1950s.

Purchasing Policy

A workshop to discuss implementing a purchasing policy for the town will be Dec. 27 at 7 p.m.

“To my understanding, Cheryl has looked at this and cannot find anything in there, in the charter [about purchasing],” said Stanley.

Door Locks

The town will take bids on replacing all the building’s locks.

“This is the locks for the front door, back door, all the doors inside the building that have locks on them,” Stanley said.  “We don’t know at this time, really who has keys, who don’t have keys to this place. We don’t know.”

The board agrees that locks haven’t been changed on the building since the 1970s.

During an October meeting, the board discussed changing locks, but tabled the idea because the town was trying to get a grant to replace all the doors instead.

“What do you think about replacing doors?” Alderwoman Vickie Heatherly asked.

“I don’t know. It’s probably expensive. The doors seem to be pretty good. I think we just need to change the doors’ locks,” Stanley said.

The motion passed unanimously with Alderman Mike Miller absent.


Caryville’s supervisors will now have to turn in documentation about why employees have worked overtime.

“We hire employees to cut overtime down and they’re getting overtime. I think we need some kind of documentation,” said Smith. “You’ve got several police officers here that’s got hours over. Street department has had hours over.”

Caryville Police Chief Johnny Jones said 95 percent of the overtime his officers work is because of attending court.

The board unanimously passed a motion requiring supervisors to turn in documentation of how overtime was spent.

“Won’t be no problem,” Jones said.