Ershell Collins Industrial Park could soon be getting a new resident.    At last night’s meeting, the Caryville Board of Mayor and Aldermen agreed to the sale of 20 acres of land  in the industrial park to Mark One South Ltd., for $135,000. Mayor Bobby Stooksbury said eventually the buyer will put a manufacturing plant on the site.

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The board will need to make some budget adjustments to cover upcoming expenses. The police department recently had its 2011 Crown Victoria wrecked. The department wants to replace the vehicle, which was totaled, with a 2018 Ford Explorer. Police Chief Brian Keeton explained to the board they could purchase the Explorer through the state contract for $29,000 and could have it as soon as the end of the week. Keeton explained that the insurance company will pay the city $4,865 for the wrecked vehicle and $10,000 could be taken out of the drug fund. This would leave a balance of $19,734 to be taken out of the budget. Librarian Rache Bolton explained that an adjustment needs to be made to the amount originally budgeted for the library for the fiscal year to be compliant with state and federal guidelines. According to MOE standards, the amount budgeted must exceed or meet last year’s amount. The budget will need to be adjusted $3,552. The finance department requested an upgrade on its current copier. City Recorder Trecia Kindred explained that the new copier would be able to print in color and is HIPPA compliant.  The upgrade will cost $1,995.

A Mrs. Blackwell spoke with the board about making the city codes and ordinances more available to the citizens. Blackwell said that sometimes people are out of compliance, because they just don’t know the ordinance or code, or they know it and disregard it. Aldermen Patrick Pebley said the city was looking at putting the information on their new website. Blackwell continued that if people are not informed they are going to make mistakes. City Attorney Kathy Parrott interjected saying that if somebody would google they can get on the MTAS (Municipal Technical Advisory Service) website and get the codes and ordinances for almost every municipality. Pebley said the city is hoping to have the website running in two to five days.

Jim Hill with AFLAC, an insurance company,  gave a presentation to the board about the positive points of AFLAC for the city and its employees. Hill explained that should an employee have an accident or become ill, money will be paid directly to the employee once they file a valid claim. The board agreed to let Hill come in and give a presentation to all city employees.

Stooksbury closed the meeting by thanking Aldermen Dewayne Gibson (above) for his service on the board. Monday night was Gibson’s last meeting, he is not seeking re-election. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 10/09/2018-6AM) (UPDATED 10/09/2018-3PM)