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TREZEVANT (March 10) — The Trezevant Board of Aldermen met Tuesday with a lengthy list of consequential items to discuss, including the ongoing water system issues, city park projects, codes …
TREZEVANT (March 10) — The Trezevant Board of Aldermen met Tuesday with a lengthy list of consequential items to discuss, including the ongoing water system issues, city park projects, codes enforcement, access to city property and removal of a radio tower.
Financial officer Jeff Goad spoke to the board about the state revolving loan program and the opportunity to get loans at a rate of less than one percent to overhaul the water system. Needed upgrades to the nearly 60-year-old system will cost approximately $530,000. Regular breakdowns and consistent water loss are causing the department to operate at a loss. Goad noted that if the problems are not corrected, state officials could take over the department and raise rates to the point at which the losses are covered.
Aldermen approved a motion to get a new estimate on the needed repairs and begin the process of acquiring the state revolving loan. This action doesn’t include the town committing to anything at this time. Alderman Eddie Granger dissented.
Goad also presented aldermen with preliminary budget numbers to review before the next meeting.
The board voted to declare an unused radio tower adjacent to city hall as surplus property. The tower will be placed on govdeals.com for bids for disassembly and removal by a licensed and bonded party. Also declared surplus were the stoplights previously used at the four-way stop.
Mayor Bobby Blaylock opened bids for the walking track and accompanying parking. The board agreed to forego the parking for now, and a motion was made and approved for the track to be re-bid with a lower required thickness of the pavement and rock bed.
Alderman Granger raised a litany of assorted concerns, and the board took action on several.
Some of the town’s property is unprotected at the shop, so a wood panel fence will be installed by city employees at a cost of $3,000.
The town will begin charging rent for parking in the gravel lot across from city hall on April 1. This mainly affects truckers who park their trailers on the lot regularly. The cost for a permit will be $50 per month or $500 per year. Violators will be towed at the owner’s expense.
Granger expressed his wishes that the town take action to have properties cleaned up and maintained. He noted that the town has no health officer as called for in the charter. Alderman Ricky Browning, Jr. stated that he knew of someone qualified and willing to perform the role for the town. The board voted to have Browning contact the person about the position.
Granger addressed the town’s lack of a tornado siren, and a brief discussion about the need and costs resulted in no action being taken.
Finally, Granger spoke about safety issues at the park and what could be done to make it usable. A couple of citizens in attendance expressed their irritation that ball season was beginning and there was a shortage of available fields in the West Carroll communities. The board and present town employees discussed electrical problems, ground issues and the need for restroom renovations. Aldermen decided to take some quick actions to make at least one ball field accessible, including renting porta-potties, contacting an electrician, repairing the drive and using orange fencing to block off some dangerous areas. More permanent solutions will be determined later. Specifically, some of the unsafe spots in the ground can be repaired using dirt that will be removed to install the walking track in the coming months.
It was briefly discussed that the town is still waiting for CSX to offer a resolution to the Park Street issues, including a large hole and the rail company’s desire to close at least one end of the street, which is CSX property.
The meeting adjourned after two hours.