THDA Grant Resolution, Stray Animal Problem Among City Council Topics

The Jamestown City Council met in regular monthly session on Monday, February 22 and took action on a number of items in a rather brief but busy meeting.

In the absence of Mayor Ryan Smith, Mayor pro tem Danny Hayes called the meeting to order, followed by the roll call by City Recorder Gail Dishmon which showed all five council members present.

Gene Holt them made a motion to dispense with the reading of the minutes, which was seconded by Charles Cooper and passed.

With Mayor Smith not present, Administrative Assistant Janice Lillard reported that the office staff had been working for the past few days with Tyler Technology learning the new utility billing software, and it seemed to be working well, and hoped that they would be able to bill on the new program in April, and also be able to accept on-line payments.

City Engineer Tom Bennett then reported that due to the weather the past few weeks, there had been little progress on some projects underway, but as soon as the weather broke, work would resume on the Woodlawn Pumping Station, and the CDBG sewer project should be able to be started by early April.

He further suggested that an on-site work session be held on the water plant study before the plans were finalized for that project.

City Attorney Baley Allred reported that for the past several days his priority had been on completion of the 911 contract, and had the first draft nearly completed and would present it to the council in the March meeting.  He also said that he was working with the engineer for easements on the sewer project.

Under “New Buisiness,” Leann Smith, Fentress County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director and Three-Star Coordinator, reported to the council,  that about 3 years ago, the Chamber had assumed leadership of the Joint Economic & Community Development Board, which was comprised of members of different areas of the county, including the mayors of both Jamestown and Allardt and the Fentress County Executive, along with Tommy Lee from the State Planning office, and various other representatives.  She announced that the latest appointee on the board  was Michelle Halcomb to represent the Fentress County  Sheriff’s Department.

She further said that the Three Star Program hoped to develop a small business incubator soon with grant funding.

Read the rest of the story in this weeks Fentress Courier.