Amendments and resolutions bring changes to Caryville

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By Natasha Colbaugh

The Caryville Board of Mayor and Aldermen considered amendments to the personnel policy Monday night. Some of the changes brought the town in alignment with state regulations and others were functional corrections.

The Tennessee Municipal League (TML) suggested a change to article one of the policies. The change is a non-harassment policy, placing the town in line with other municipalities, according to Mayor Robert Stooksbury.

The second change to the personnel policy was to reflect hourly requirements set out by the insurance company. Caryville is a member of the state insurance association and the change would reflect the state insurance requirements, said city recorder Cheryl Ivey. Another change bringing Caryville policy up to date would state all vacation, sick and other calculated time as time worked.

Finally, the policy would reflect accumulated sick time to be maxed out at 30 days. Stooksbury also added the employees wanted to switch holiday time off from New Year’s Eve to Presidents Day. All changes will be effective upon the final approval of the ordinance. The additions and changes to the policy were approved in the first reading.

The council also considered approval of a resolution for Caryville-Jacksboro Utility to apply for a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). The grant is an 86/14, where the utility will pay 14 percent from an escrow account.

The utility wants to upgrade from a 10,000-gallon tank to a 168,000-gallon tank.

The increase of the tank would be tied to the entire system, said Stooksbury.

Stooksbury also announced the grant would be at no cost to Caryville citizens.

The resolution was approved, but both Aldermen Glenn Smith and Michael Miller voted against it.

After the meeting, Smith stated he is in a continuous disagreement with the utility company. Smith wants CJUC to establish a local office for Caryville customers.

“I have been on them for eight years to have an office down here,” said Smith. “I will break them if I have to.”

The final item for new business also received mixed votes. The board approved the last payment for attorney fees in the lawsuit of Leonard v. Town of Caryville. Both Aldermen Mark Stanley and Chris Stanley voted against the payment of $2,355.70. 

“This finally puts this six year odyssey to rest,” said Stooksbury.