Glen Hills Utility
District Also Named
A Grant Recipient
BY KRISTEN BUCKLES
The Town of Baileyton has been awarded a $322,000 Community Development Block Grant that will allow further improvements at the town's wastewater treatment plant.
Mayor Tommy Casteel announced the grant during Wednesday's meeting of the Baileyton Board of Mayor and Aldermen.
The grant, along with a separate grant of $421,000 to the Glen Hills Utility District for water line extensions, was also announced last week by Governor Bill Haslam.
"Community Development Block Grants allow communities to complete projects that will ultimately lay the ground work for future economic development opportunities," Haslam said.
"I am pleased the State of Tennessee is able to partner with our local communities to make these projects a reality," he added.
In a separate statement, state Rep. David Hawk, R-5th, said in the news release that "These funds are imperative for jump-starting our economy in Greene County."
"Updating and modernizing our infrastructure at the local level will, in the long run, help with job growth in the private sector. This is a great opportunity for our community," Hawk said.
Mayor Casteel noted that the grant includes a nearly $40,000 match which the town would have to provide, but he said the grant will be beneficial to the town.
"It's going to help us do a lot more work on the sewer plant," he said.
The board received bids taken by Cathy Walden, of W&W Engineering, for the project in June, but they came in much higher than expected.
The Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation's Water Quality Control Board required the town to begin this expansion and upgrades around 2007 when the plant began to reach capacity, Walden said.
The town had until September of this year to begin the second phase of upgrades, which the board had recently put out for bids.
Accepting the lowest bid, which came from W&O Construction, would have required the board to increase its loan request from Rural Development by $537,000.
As a result, the board had unanimously agreed to quickly re-bid after cutting some of the less-essential items from the project.
Now, some of those items, including important screens, can be added back into the project through the help of this grant, Casteel said on Wednesday.
The board also heard updates from Mayor Casteel on projects that had been included in the 2012-2013 budget.
Casteel said that Mike Lyons would be putting a commercial roof on the Baileyton Town Hall to correct leaks for $7,000.
Meanwhile, Steve Dixon will trim trees that are hanging in power lines and over Town Hall for $1,700, he said.
Finally, the Greene County Highway Department charged $1,100 for striping roadways in Baileyton.
The board also voted to approve the town park's rules to include: no alcohol or drugs; no loitering; reservations required for parties; users required to remove all trash before leaving; no roller skates, skateboards or bikes; no vehicles on the grass; and no pets.
The fine for violations will be $50, he said.
Finally, the board agreed to allow property-owners Charles and Marla Sandridge, of Old Baileyton Road, to pay an average monthly sewer bill so that they can maintain their well and not have to track their usage by connecting to the local water system.