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Huntingdon Seeks Grant For Water Department, Purchase Three Houses

Posted 12/3/19

HUNTINGDON (November 26) — Huntingdon Mayor and Town Council approved to submit an application for a Tennessee Emergency Management Agency Hazard Mitigation Grant. If approved, the funds go …

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Huntingdon Seeks Grant For Water Department, Purchase Three Houses

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HUNTINGDON (November 26) — Huntingdon Mayor and Town Council approved to submit an application for a Tennessee Emergency Management Agency Hazard Mitigation Grant. If approved, the funds go toward the purchase of six stationary generators at the water and sewer pumping stations plus the purchase of three houses in the city’s flood plain on Williams Street and Northwood Drive.

Mayor Dale Kelley announced the city’s water system inspection generated a perfect score from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. The city’s water system maintains its “approved” status. Kelley said the perfect score speaks volumes for the people of the department.

Also, the city’s fire department recently received word of an improvement to its fire suspension status. The department moved from a Class 4 department to a Class 3. The lower the number indicates an improvement in its abilities to fight fires.

Walter Smothers, Public Safety director, said the department was surveyed in December 2017 and earned the Class 4 rating. Some of the adverse finding were questions, however, the department went to work to eliminate the adverse finding. Smothers said Captain Mike Murphy and Captain Doug Pruitt effectively worked with the inspector to improve the classification, which is effective February 2020. The improvement is a result of the cooperation and improvements by the Public Works and Public Safety departments.

Mayor Kelley said the Public Safety Department was recently awarded a Local Community Grant from Walmart in the amount of $4,000 for public safety awareness programs, including home fire safety, safe driving practices, drug resistance, and other best emergency practices.

In a separate Beer Beverage Board meeting, councilpersons approved the sale of beer for on-premises consumption at Mi Pueblito Mexican restaurant at 144 Elks Lodge Lane. This is the first-ever permit at this location.

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