BY SARAH GREGORY
Members of the Greeneville Regional Planning Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to recommend to the Greeneville Board of Mayor and Aldermen the appointment of a new commission member.
Following a review of applicants and a brief discussion, the board voted unanimously to recommend that the Greeneville Board of Mayor and Aldermen appoint Trey Ricker to serve on the commission.
Ricker, a lifelong resident of Greeneville, introduced himself to commissioners during the regular monthly meeting held in the G. Thomas Love Boardroom at the Greeneville Light & Power System building.
Ricker, an employee of Heritage Community Bank, said his experience with compliance issues, appraisals, and the lending process would be useful if the Board of Mayor and Aldermen accepts the recommendation and chooses him for the vacant position.
He said he is also involved with the Greene County Heritage Trust organization, and has an interest in helping to preserve the Town's history.
If appointed by the board, Ricker will fill a vacancy that followed Pete Hayes' resignation from the commission during the summer. Hayes, who had served as the commission's vice-chairman, moved out-of-state.
After commissioners voted in favor of recommending Ricker, they voted to name Bob King, a member of the board, as vice-chair following Hayes' resignation.
The only other action taken by the Planning Commission prior to reconvening as the Board of Zoning Appeals was a plat approval for 1.4 acres located on Lick Hollow Road.
Brief discussion on the topic centered around how the commission could ask property-owners to prove their septic systems function properly prior to granting plat approvals.
Options, according to Ronda Sawyer, planner with the First Tennessee Development District, include soil mapping conducted by soil scientists, evaluations by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, and signed affidavits.
The commission took no action in setting such a requirement during Tuesday's meeting, as it was noted that septic systems on the property in question were recently upgraded and are functioning properly.
The final plat approval for the Lick Hollow Road property was given unanimously.