CARYVILLE, TN (WLAF) – After a very lengthy discussion at last night’s regular monthly meeting, the Caryville Board of Mayor Aldermen approved the hiring of a seventh police officer.  Alderman Eric Jones and Alderman Lloyd Lawson voted no.    Prior to voting, Jones and Lloyd Lawson requested that the board hold a workshop to discuss the financial side of the hiring which could cost the town about $45,000 annually.

Sarah Moscript with Whitlock and Company P.C. presented the 2018-19 audit findings. Moscript summed up the audit saying, “the town is in a good position and there were no findings.”

Resolution 2020-01 was approved. The resolution is the last piece of paperwork Caryville Jacksboro Utilities needed before moving forward with the clarifier project. Frank Wallace with Caryville Jacksboro Utilities explained that currently the sewage plant has two clarifiers but needs a third to keep up with progress and this will enable us to move forward.

Scott Bowling with IRTEC presented the board with a map of the Erschell Collins Industrial Park to discuss placement of a future retention basin. Bowling explained that a current wet area that is unusable was a good spot for the basin. Currently, the area, which measures about 200 ft. x 500 ft., drains over to mitigated wetlands.

The board approved the short-term rental application. There will be a $50 application fee and a $15 business license fee.

In the final business of the night, Jones requested to suspend the rules to add two items to the agenda. The first item was to allow the fire department to apply for a $90,000 FEMA grant to purchase 15 air packs. The next item was to advertise for bids for building an awning beside the fire department. Both items were approved. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 02/11/2020-6AM)