BY SARAH GREGORY
The Greeneville Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted unanimously on Tuesday to approve applications for two grants.
One grant would go toward the cost of communication equipment for the Greeneville Police Department.
The other would address storm water runoff and flooding near Greeneville High School (GHS) and the Niswonger Performing Arts Center (NPAC) by modifying a nearby parking lot.
POLICE DEPT. GRANT
A $48,200 Rural Development Community Facility grant was approved for the Greeneville Police Department, Assistant Chief Craig Fillers said.
That grant program is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The $48,200 grant for the Police Department would coincide with a larger $461,000 project, approved earlier by the board, to upgrade software used by officers.
That amount ($48,200), Assistant Police Chief Craig Fillers said, "amounts to a little over 10 percent of the total cost of the project."
PUBLIC WORKS GRANT
A Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) Green Development grant application was approved for the Public Works Department.
If approved, the grant, which has a 20 percent local match, would be used in a project to reduce storm water runoff and improve water quality, Public Works Director Brad Peters told the board.
Peters said that he worked with Town Environmentalist Debbie Smith to develop a project that would qualify for the grant funds.
He said what he and Smith felt would be most beneficial would be to modify a parking lot near NPAC, adjacent to the adult education center.
TO RENOVATE PARKING LOT
"What we would recommend to the board would be to apply for this grant to, basically, renovate this lot," Peters said.
The grant is for a maximum of $30,000, Peters said. The local match would be $7,500, he told the board.
The parking lot renovation would occur in phases, Peters said, with the first phase affecting an area nearest Tusculum Boulevard in the existing parking lot.
He estimated it would take three phases to renovate the entire lot.
The cost of the first phase would be predominantly covered by the grant, if it is awarded.
"We've not obligated ourselves with any funding or anything, but we did work with an engineer to do a cost-estimate on what it would take to renovate that lot," Peters said.
The engineer, Peters said, recommended that asphalt be used in the lot to assist with runoff during rain.
"We've already got a problem in this area anyway on Tusculum Boulevard of flooding during heavy rains we've had lately. This would help alleviate that," Peters said.
The engineer's recommendation, Peters said, would result in 74 parking spots. The first phase would renovate an area that accommodated 20 of those parking spaces, Peters said.
Without discussion, the board voted unanimously to authorize the grant application.