Jellico Board attempts several motions at last meeting

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By Natasha Colbaugh

The last meeting for the Jellico Board of Mayor and Aldermen before the election was partially attended. With only two aldermen absent, the town board conducted business.

Mayor Forster Baird provided an update on the Taylor Machine Building. A lease agreement has been signed, said Baird. Though state permits have not been issued the board was in agreement about moving forward.

Aldermen Alvin Evans said an additional acre of land in the Jellico Industrial Park would be purchased for $10,000 pending the approval of permits.

During the discussion of old business the Aldermen Mike Johnson recommended the transfer of Carwood funds to the Community Development Fund. Johnson wanted the $43,090 from the property sale to be set-aside in the budget.

During discussion on moving the funds, Baird urged the board to keep the money in the town’s general fund for now.

In new business Evans made a motion to re-hire Johnny Blankenship to the police department. The mayor, who claimed the town was facing budget constraints, terminated Blankenship earlier this month.

The motion to re-hire Blankenship was not given a second motion.

The board notified the public that new elected officials would take office at the next regular scheduled meeting. They will be sworn into office on Nov. 18.

Trick or treat times were also announced. The holiday is being moved to Saturday, Oct. 30 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Trunk or treat activities will take place at the park during the same time.

The board also announced a public meeting to be held on Tuesday, Nov. 2, at the municipal building for anyone interested in the CDBG Home Grant.  Applications and information will be available at the meeting.