BY SARAH R. GREGORY
A check for grant funds to provide additional safety barriers for the Town of Greeneville's Public Works Department was presented during Tuesday's meeting of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen.
During the brief meeting, aldermen approved an amendment updating legal language in the previously-approved operating agreement with Waste Industries for the Greeneville-Greene County Transfer Station and Demolition Landfill, and finalized two rezoning requests.
Following the regular meeting, the group reconvened briefly as the Beer Board to consider a permit request.
PUBLIC WORKS GRANT
The Public Works Department will use grant funds the department received Tuesday to purchase large safety barrels that crews can place at various work sites to help protect them from passing vehicles.
The Safety Partners grant money comes from the Tennessee Municipal League (TML) Risk-Management Pool.
The pool provides insurance coverage to the state's municipal governments at reduced cost by functioning outside the regular insurance market used by private businesses.
The Safety Partners grant awarded Tuesday is a 50-50 matching grant with the town.
Wayne Anderson, TML representative for East Tennessee, attended the meeting to present a check to Public Works Director Brad Peters.
WASTE INDUSTRIES AGREEMENT
With little discussion, aldermen voted unanimously to approve an amendment to an existing agreement for Waste Industries, LLC to oversee operations at the Greeneville-Greene County Transfer Station and Demolition Landfill.
City Administrator Todd Smith said the amendment serves "to clarify some insurance language."
In essence, the amendment recognizes that Waste Industries will replace insured, leased equipment at the facility at depreciated value as opposed to new value.
"They would be on the line to pay us the actual value of that piece of equipment, not the replacement value of something brand new," Smith explained.
"It's like your car. If you go out and total your car today, you get what the car was worth, not what a brand-new version of that car is worth," he added.
Figures on the depreciation values for the various pieces of equipment are listed in files at Town Hall, Smith said, after Alderman Darrell Bryan questioned whether the values were known.
In addition to the insurance clarification, the amendment includes a no-compete clause, added at the board's request.
The clause puts in writing an agreement from Waste Industries stating they will not compete with Public Works Department garbage collection and roll-off services in Greeneville.
Those services provide funding considered critical for operations at the Transfer Station and Demolition Landfill.
The overall agreement allows Waste Industries to oversee the facility's operations, and transportation of solid waste to the landfill in Morristown.
After aldermen voted on the matter, Mayor W.T. Daniels asked Waste Industries representative David Dukes if the company was pleased with operations at the local site.
"We're doing well," Dukes said. "We're very happy. We appreciate the arrangement and the relationship [with the town]."
Without discussion, aldermen gave unanimous and final approval to two ordinances pertaining to rezoning requests.
Rezoned properties were:
* 1038 W. Summer St., owned by Myron L. Blanton, Jr., from M-2, High Impact Use, to R-4, High Density Residential; and,
* 1120 Forest St., the Mary Sue Tweed estate, from M-2 High Impact Use, to R-3, Medium Density Residential.
BEER PERMIT APPROVED
Following the meeting, board members reconvened as the Beer Board to consider one permit request.
A permit for on-premises consumption at Gino's Italian Restaurant, in the Greeneville Commons, part of Brixmar Property Group, was approved unanimously without discussion.
Greeneville Police Chief Terry Cannon said investigation of the premises and applicants revealed nothing in conflict with the Town's ordinances, and he recommended approval.