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Citizen brings complaint about road conditions

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By Natasha Colbaugh

Citizen complaints kicked off the Caryville Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting Monday. The roads off exit 141 are in major disrepair and industrial employees in the area are looking for a permanent fix to ease their work commutes.

“See what we can do about a permanent fix instead of a gravel repair,” said James Gross concerning the condition of Luther Seibers Blvd.

Mayor Robert Stooksbury said the roadway is tied to an industrial prospect.

“Our state senator and state representatives are working on that right now,” said Stooksbury.

The Caryville Street Department has continuously repaired the roadway, but it still deteriorates. The Tennessee Department of Transportation is aware of the road condition. Efforts to permanently fix the road are being discussed, according to Stooksbury.

Approximately 70 employees from Camel Manufacturing are looking to file a formal complaint to the board about damage to their vehicles because of the roadway, said Gross.

“If they obey the speed limit they won’t have damage to their vehicles,” said Police Chief Johnny Jones about the posted speed of 35 mph.

Gross said he travels the road at 10 miles per hour - if a vehicle hits a pot hole traveling the speed limit there will be alignment problems as a result.

“You actually have to violate the law if you want to keep your vehicle in one part, you are all over the road,” said Gross about the two mile stretch of road into the industrial park.

The board agreed the road has not been paved in over 10 years.

“It is at the state level right now and it is being worked,” said Stooksbury.

In other business the board approved the final reading of an ordinance to amend the personnel policy.

“We are bringing everything up to state code,” said Stooksbury.

A public hearing was held prior to the meeting and had no comments about the policy changes.

The board considered an application for a credit card for hotel reservations.

“Right now Pat and I make the reservations and we have to secure a hotel for everybody with either her credit card or mine,” said City Recorder Cheryl Ivey. “And we are kind of tired of doing that.”

A credit card for the town would be kept in the safe and used only for the purpose of securing reservations, said Ivey.

When any staff member goes on training, credit cards are used to make reservations.

Ivey said she did not want to use her credit card for employee hotel stays because they could then charge items to the room or stay another night. Ivey would then be liable to pay for the charges.

The board approved to apply for one credit card. Alderman Chris Stanley was opposed to getting a credit card.