BY SARAH R. GREGORY
The Greeneville Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted Tuesday to purchase an ATV for the Town's Parks and Recreation Departmen, and two new vehicles for the Greeneville Police Department.
Two ordinances that pertain to the Greeneville water system were also unanimously approved.
With little discussion, board members voted unanimously in favor of a request by Parks and Recreation Director Butch Patterson to purchase a Gator ATV.
The purchase will actually come from an insurance company, since the same ATV was reported stolen from the Public Works Department some time ago.
Insurance paid the claim for the stolen Gator, but the vehicle was later found and recovere
The insurance company then offered to sell the ATV back to the town.
Patterson said the Gator could be purchased for $7,723, and recommended purchasing it to replace a much older model currently in use.
The same vehicle costs $11,000 new, he said.
He also noted that the older model that would be replaced would be put up for auction online, and proceeds of that sale would go back into the Town's general fund.
Patterson said funds to purchase the utility vehicle are available in his budget because the Parks and Recreation Department has had two open positions that so far have only been filled with one part-time hourly worker.
That situation has created savings in the "Salaries" line item that can be transferred to a different line item to pay for equipment, he said.
Aldermen also voted unanimously without discussion in favor of a request from Greeneville Police Chief Terry Cannon to purchase two vehicles -- a 2013 Chevrolet Impala and a 2014 Ford Interceptor sport utility vehicle.
Cannon said the police department prefers to use the Chevrolet Impalas because the department has an available supply of tires and brakes that fit the Impalas.
The department also has one Ford Interceptor, which is a pursuit vehicle designed specifically for police.
Both vehicles are readily available on the lot of a Murfreesboro dealership, which was awarded the state bid for such vehicles. That means that the vehicles can be secured right away, Cannon said.
Total cost for both vehicles is $48,597, which is included in the Police Department's equipment budget.
With very little discussion, aldermen also voted unanimously on first reading on two ordinances pertaining to the town's water system.
Action taken by the board Tuesday will remove cross-connection and sewer user ordinances from the Town's municipal code to make stand-alone ordinances that can more easily be updated.
The ordinances passed on first reading do not change any requirements for water customers or local industries, Water Superintendent Laura White told the board.
Updates essentially streamline the ordinances and change the legal language in such a way that it can be consistent across the state, as requested by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC).
"The state has already approved this plan, and so has the Water Commission board," White said, adding, "It's basically a streamlining thing that TDEC has done."