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Caryville plans could put 100 to work

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By Beth Braden

One hundred people will be put to work as part of two projects in Caryville.

The board of mayor and aldermen unanimously approved two motions to ask Caryville-Jacksboro Utilities to relocate water, sewer and fire lines with the developer for the projects paying all costs.

Caryville Mayor Robert Stooksbury was unable to reveal the name of the developer.

The first project will move lines at a project site off of Exit 141. Up to 75 people could be employed there.

“It’s gonna be a big boom to us, and it’s gonna be 75 jobs,” said Stooksbury.

The second project will move lines at the Thunder Mountain and Old Time Peddler site. Twenty-five to 30 people are needed for that job.

“It is retail, and it’s anywhere from 25 to 30 jobs,” Stooksbury said.

Super 8 Motel

Back taxes from the Super 8 motel are still owed despite several attempts to collect them. While partner Devang Naik has paid $2000 toward the motel’s debt to the town, nearly six months of taxes are still owed.

At the end of September, notice was sent to the hotel informing the partners that a distress warrant to seize assets was impending after 10 more days of non-payment.

At Monday’s meeting, Naik explained the council that the property is about to go into foreclosure. Six months of taxes remain unpaid.

While the distress warrant proceedings will continue, town attorney Reid Troutman says Caryville may lose out on that money if the motel’s owners declare bankruptcy and go into foreclosure.

“Whether or not there’s any assets to levy on, we’ll find out,” he said.

Plumbing and mechanical inspection

Derek Weichmann will be the plumbing and mechanical inspector for new buildings.

The town’s current building inspector, Nelson Kidd, is not qualified to conduct plumbing and mechanical inspections.
“What he [Weichmann] will do, is he will be a contractor for us. He won’t be per month. He’ll be paid per inspection,” Stooksbury said. “He is very highly recommended by Nelson. I think he does inspections for several other entities besides us.”

Weichmann will be paid $75 for mechanical and $75 for plumbing inspections on residential structures. For commercial structures, that fee will increase to $85.

The board voted unanimously to hire Weichmann.

Property Dispute

Caryville resident Buddy Hale said his property has been encroached upon by a neighbor.  Hale claimed the section of road linking Cherry Street to Crutchfield Road was built on his property.

“What we have is the loop took part of my property,” Hale said. “The city of Caryville, in my opinion, changed it from Cherry Lane to Cherry Street, making them responsible for that loop. I dunno whether they want to be responsible for that or not.”

Stooksbury referred Hale to the town attorney and asked him to refrain from erecting a fence that blocks the roadway until the issue could be settled.

Fire Department Grant

The town could receive a $300,000 grant from the CDBG Community Livability Fire Department Building and Equipment Grant. The grant is an 89/11 grant, meaning that the town would responsible for 11 percent of the cost. The town’s cost would be approximately $33,000, and the grant could be used to erect a new fire hall.

“We’d always liked to seen the fire department across the street over there in their own building,” Stooksbury said. 

The board unanimously approved to apply for the grant.

Bids

*The town will advertise for bids for a new pickup truck for the fire department. There is $16,0000 already budgeted for the purchase of the truck, according to fire chief Eddie Hatmaker.

* The town will advertise for bids for a mowing arm for the new tractor. Alderman Chris Stanley casted the only dissenting vote.

Payments

* The town will purchase two new truck tires for the garbage truck.

* Charlie’s Electronic Service will receive $1462.58 for police car equipment. $350 of the money will come from the police budget. The remaining balance will be spent out of the police fund.

* The town purchased another pallet of pothole mix at $661.50.