The mood at Monday night’s board of mayor and aldermen meeting in Caryville was somber.
It was the first meeting since Alderman Joe Heatherly passed away several weeks ago.
“This is probably the hardest meeting I’ve ever had to share with you all,” said Mayor Bobby Stooksbury quietly.
“It’s real hard to sit here and not look over and see Joe,” Stooksbury continued asking everyone continue to keep Joe’s wife, Vickie, in their prayers.
Alderman Glenn Smith asked for a moment of silence in Heatherly’s honor.
Heatherly’s council seat will remain vacant till after the first of the year, according to Stooksbury.
“Out of respect for Joe I’m going to wait and honor him by leaving it open till after the first of the year,” said Stooksbury.
Business was short and to the point with the board passing an ordinance regarding annual leave.
The amendment to the ordinance stipulates all annual leave requests must be turned in by Dec. 15. Smith made the suggestion for the change at last month’s meeting. The amendment is to prevent problems with multiple employees attempting to use vacation time at the end of the year. This was the second reading of the ordinance and it passed unanimously.
The board also discussed the amendment of the Campbell County growth plan at Jellico’s request.
“In their initial growth plan, bits and pieces of Rarity Mountain were inadvertently left out and in order for them to include it, it has to go before each municipality and the county,” said Stooksbury, explaining all the municipalities would have to ratify it.
“The only one this affects is Jellico, it doesn’t affect Caryville, but because of growth plan board rules, it has to be ratified by everybody; it’s just going to allow Jellico to include all of Rarity into their growth plan,” Stooksbury assured the board that amending the growth plan would not affect Caryville in anyway.
After brief discussion, the board voted unanimously to ratify the amendment.
The mayor also asked it be announced that garbage pick-up for the town of Caryville would remain as usual for the Christmas and New Year holidays.
“It will be picked up on Monday and Tuesday, with recycling picked up on Wednesday,” stated Stooksbury.
After the board meeting, Caryville held a beer board meeting in which they reviewed 10 permit renewals for local establishments and gas stations.
“I talked to the chief and he said he didn’t have any problems with us renewing these,” announced Stooksbury.
The board voted with all but board member Chris Stanley voting yes to renew the 10 permits. The vote passed with permits being granted.