BY SARAH GREGORY
Greeneville First Ward Aldermen Buddy Hawk and Keith Paxton were administered the oath of office Tuesday to begin new two-year terms.
Hawk and Paxton were re-elected in June municipal elections. The two ran unopposed.
During the brief meeting Tuesday afternoon, the board also voted to abandon some unused alleys, not owned by the Town, and to apply for grant funding for a new hybrid garbage truck.
Aldermen voted unanimously to approve an ordinance on first reading that will authorize Mayor W.T. Daniels to execute and deliver a notice of disclaimer and abandonment of three alleys that the Town does not own.
The three unpaved, unnamed alleys connect Tusculum Boulevard to Oak Grove Avenue.
"We actually have no ownership in these alleys," Daniels said.
"These alleys were created years and years ago. They're actually owned by the property-owners themselves. We're just saying, 'Hey, this is yours,'" Daniels added.
"Property-owners can consider them part of their yard or continue the alleyways," City Administrator Todd Smith said, clarifying that the property-owners along the alleys may use the alleys as they see fit.
Public Works Director Brad Peters spoke briefly to note that the Town has never maintained any of the alleys.
Peters clarified that the Town has had easements that allow them to use the alleys as needed. Tuesday's action will abandon the easements.
"All we're saying is, we no longer need the dedicated right-of-way," Smith added.
The board voted unanimously to allow the Town to apply for a grant through the Clean Tennessee Energy Grant Program of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.
The grant would be used to purchase a new garbage truck.
The side-loading truck operates on a hybrid technology, in which the transmission uses stored energy to reduce fuel consumption, Peters said.
"These trucks are generally about $100,000 more than a typical garbage truck," Peters told the board. The estimated cost of such a truck exceeds $300,000.
Fortunately, Peters said, the truck qualifies for a Clean Tennessee Energy Grant because of its fuel economy and reduced carbon dioxide emissions.
"It would not only save capital cost. It would save money in fuel," he said.
At the meeting's start, Daniels reminded the small audience in the G. Thomas Love Boardroom about Thursday's American Downtown Fourth of July celebration.
Daniels noted that Town Public Relations Specialist Amy Rose "has put a tremendous amount of work into this celebration, and we're just hoping that the weather will cooperate."
Daniels said he intended to participate in the event, regardless of what the weather may do.
"I'm going to be here, rain or shine," Daniels said.
Rose said that all events for the celebration will be held as scheduled, beginning with a patriotic parade at 2 p.m.
She said a decision on fireworks will be made at 9 p.m. Thursday. If it is raining at that time, the fireworks display will be postponed to a date to-be-determined, Rose said.