Jellico receives water assistance grant; discusses road repairs

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By Charlotte Underwood



Almost a year after the well was drilled Jellico Utilities has received the funding to pay for it.

At Thursday night’s meeting, Jellico Utility Manager Mike Bethurem approached the board of mayor and aldermen requesting they accept the USDA/RD Emergency Community Water Assistance Grant.

“This is the grant we applied for around a year and a half, two years ago when we first started talking about drilling a well,” said Bethurem of the $5000,000 grant.  The funding will be used to pay for the well that has already been drilled, according to Bethurem.  The board voted unanimously to accept the grant.

Board members also reviewed several bids regarding street repairs and paving projects for the town.  The projects are for Green Lee Lane, Walker Road and patching the streets where the utilities have had to recently dig.

G Paving sent in a bid price of $11,504.22 for the Green Lee project, $35,175 for paving Walker Road and $5, 456 for the patching projects. 

Rogers Group, of Knoxville, sent in a bid for Green Lee Lane at a cost of $6,944, and $41,664 for Walker Road.  They requested both jobs or to be excluded entirely.  The group did not place a bid on the patching projects.

Boshears Paving, of LaFollette, priced the Green Lee paving project at $15,320, Walker Road at $49,500, and the patching project $12,000. 

Elmo Greer with Greer and Sons, of Williamsburg, bid $14,050 on Green Lee Lane, $37,876 on Walker Road and $22,000 on the patching projects.  The board plans to review the specifications on each bid and make a decision later in the week.

During the meeting, Mayor Forster Baird also made several appointments.  He appointed Louise Walden to the planning commission, Sam Centers to the Jellico Housing Authority Board and Dr. David Escalante to the Jellico Hospital Board. 

The council also discussed and voted to donate $250 to the Shriner’s Circus charity.

The board also briefly discussed the upcoming budget workshop. Town recorder Linda Douglas reminded the board of the three things which need to be “recouped” during the meeting.

“You all said you wanted to discuss the personnel policy, purchasing policies and job descriptions,” Douglas said. The workshop will be held on June 3 at 6.p.m at the town hall.