Diagram of the proposed playground and dog park at Caryville.

CARYVILLE, TN (WLAF) – The reality of a new playground is one step closer for the Town of Caryville.

Last month Lions Club member Brandon Johnson spoke to the Caryville Board of Mayor and Aldermen about a potential grant from the Lions Club. Johnson came back Monday night to continue the discussion.  He told the board he already had people willing to donate services for the park. He continued that he had someone willing to do the sign for the park, labor on the concrete and excavation. The projected cost of the park is $300,000 and will include an inclusive playground, walking trail, lighting, chain link fencing and a poured in place foundation. Johnson requested the board obligate $50,000 to the project, and then he can apply for the Lions Club Grant for $100,000.  After he applies for the grant, he plans to approach the county commission about possibly donating $50,000 to the project. After a brief discussion, the board agreed to obligate $50,000 to the project. If Johnson is successful in securing the grant and funds from the county commission, fund raising will be done to pay for the remaining $100,000.

Resolution 2021-05 Annual Operating Budget for the fiscal year 2021-22 had a second and final reading. With the passage of the resolution, the 2021-22 operating budget is ready to be sent to the comptroller’s office.

The board agreed to pay the $21,000 invoice from B and A Construction. The invoice is for services to the city during the flooding in April.

Codes Officer Lisa Crumpley updated the board on the progress of the building next to the Red Roof Inn, Crumpley reported the equipment was brought in yesterday to begin the tear down. However, there is some debris behind the motel that needs to be addressed. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 06/15/2021-6AM)