McCaysville City Council approves Copperhill contract with amendments to rates

Community

Councilman Richard Wagner stated in the monthly meeting of McCaysville City Council, March 12, 2019, “We are going to revise the way we pay Copperhill (TN) for waste water services. And the basic reason we are doing this is to allow them to apply and hopefully successfully get a loan to fix the waste water treatment plant. And it’s not going to be cheap.”

  • “So what we’re going to do,” Wagner continued, “in the  proposal  we’re sending (to them) in reference is the following:April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020, up to 5,000,000 gallons, we’re to pay Copperhill $4.75 per 1,000 gallons discharged. Once we use 5,000,000 gallons, the rate drops to $4.00 per 1,000.
  • April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021, the rate becomes $5.00 per 1,000. And over 5,000,000 it is $4.25.
  • April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022, the rate becomes $5.25 per 1,000. And over 5,000,000 it is $4.75.

The contract between the twin cities will be for 3 years instead of annual. Should Copperhill secure funding to repair or replace the current waste water system, both cities will meet to discuss possible rate changes.

In other news:

  • Kessler building repairs are ongoing. It is stated there are options for the roof that are being looked at. The building, if the council approves, will have an eave overhanging the sidewalk. The council voted to table the issue until its April monthly meeting.
  • Frankie Ridgon requested a variance for an addition to his house which will be near the property line with everyone in agreement. The variance was approved.
  • The McCaysville Police Department asked for an amendment to their Standard Operating Procedure manual of a Tactical Team to be called out if the situation warrants. Chief Michael Earley stated the team, which comprises of a Full-time and Part-time employee, are already 75% certified; hostage negotiator, a sniper, and a police officer trained as a paramedic. Approve unanimously.
  • A sidewalk will be built alongside the McCaysville Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center located at 53 E Market Street. Mike Galinski, owner of the building, has agreed to pay for installation of the sidewalk from the street to the river. The remaining 525′ of sidewalk being built will be partiall paid for by a grant obtained by Marilyn McNeal. The remaining will be paid for by SPLOSH funds. Bids are being seeked at press time.
  • Sue Griffen, Burra Burra Restaurant, had requested to sell liquor on Sundays. Council advised her it would be ‘Citizen Vote’ and would be placed on the November ballot. City Attorney advise there may be other options. Wagner commented, “We’ll explore those options.”
  • The water plant may soon be closing from midnight until 4 a.m. each day due to the successfullness of operation at the facility. The plant has been able to run at 85% capacity, even with river as muddy as it has been, due to a new piece of equipment and chemical recently purchased. Wagner admits, “We have never been in this good position since came on the Council.”

Attending the March meeting were Councilmen Wagner, Rodney Patterson, Tommy Colis, Tommy Quintrell, Councilwoman Sue Beaver, Chief Earley, and City Attorney Cortney Stuart.

The next monthly meeting for McCaysville City Council will be Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at City Hall.

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Copperhill Mayor agrees with Tri-State EMC to take down lights at ballpark

Community, News

Copperhill City Council was called to order by Mayor Kathy Stewart. Those attending were Aldermen Ray Tanner, Scott Brooks, and Alderwoman Tara Akins along with City Recorder Suzanne Hughes. Absent was Alderman Bill Standridge.

Stewart advised the Council the lights and poles surrounding the city’s ballpark on West Tennessee Avenue will be removed by Tri-State EMC.

The lights at the ballpark had been deteriorating for some time. Speaking with Manager of Operations at Tri-State EMC, Terry Arp, the city and Tri-State verbally agreed to remove the lights and poles as soon the weather permits.

In other business, the Council agreed to:

  • Purchase time clocks from Amazon for $102.00.
  • To change from Saratoga to MSA Business Technology out of Chattanooga. The City would save $208.00 a year on printers and shredders.

It was also noted at the meeting, the Polk County Sheriff’s Department was traveling more on West Tennessee Avenue where suspicious activities had been reported in the past.

The next City Council meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. March 18, 2019, at Copperhill City Hall.

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Copperhill (TN) Kiwanis Annual Soup Bean Lunch

Announcements, Community

Kiwanis Club of Copperhill (TN) is having a fundraiser to raise money for the Copper Basin High School Kiwanis Scholarship Fund. Contact Howard Jabaley at (706)455-0082 for details.

 

Purchased tickets get you a good meal!

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Tri-City Business Association changing name – Announces Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad schedule

Business, Community

Tri-Cities Business Association (TCBA), an organization of many businesses in McCaysville, GA, Copperhill, TN and Ducktown TN serve the greater Copper Basin with its wonderful, quaint shops and restaurants. From March through then end of December, tourism is a vital part of the town’s vibrance. In keeping with the Copper Basin Renaissance and McCaysville Downtown Revitalization efforts to bring these beautiful mountain towns forefront in tourism, the TCBA Board decided to change the name of the organization to Copper Basin Business Association beginning in March, 2019.

The announcement was made during TCBA’s monthly meeting by President Tamberlyn Tanner, owner of Toccoa River Rustic Decor.

Left to Right: Treasurer Mary Stuart, President Tamberlyn Tanner, Secretary Ashley Barker, and Vice President Donna Tresslar.

She presented to members the 2019 Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad schedule as well.

Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad 2019 Schedule

Serving with President Tanner this year are Vice President Donna Tresslar (Dixie Discount), Secretary Ashley Barker (McCaysville Properties), and Treasurer Mary Ann Stuart (Katz’s New York Deli/Riverview Beanery).

The annual Fireworks display will be present near the Fourth of July in McCaysville. Tourists aboard the train will arrive later in the evening to enjoy to spectacular show of lights in the sky. Other events are in the planning stages at this time and will be announced when finalized.

TCBA meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. McCaysville Properties is the host for the meetings. It is located at 169 Tennessee Avenue, Copperhill, TN.

For more information on becoming a member in TCBA, email President Tanner at TriCitiesBA@gmail.com.

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Too Little, Too Late for Saharra

Community, Featured Stories

After too little, too late was done for Saharra, FYN has spoken with her mother, Jennifer Palmer, as well as several other family members regarding the status of the investigation of the circumstances surrounding her death. (more…)

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