By Joy Warren
With 25.07 total miles of streets in Elizabethtown, a recent survey has indicated that approximately 72% of the streets are in disrepair or need improvements in an expedient manner. The Town of Elizabethtown conducted a public hearing Monday evening for the purpose of receiving input for the Town to incur debt to finance the Street Rehabilitation/Improvement Project. No tax increases will be necessary to meet the sum of the project as Powell Bill funds will be used to pay off the loan before the maturity date. After no public comments were received, Council authorized the filing of an application for approval of financing agreement with First Bank for up to $2 million at 2.15% interest.
Council approved the updated Master Site Plan (Phase I) for the Elizabethtown Industrial Park and the Live, Play, Work Plan. Town staff was also authorized to apply for an EDA Grant and pursue other funding opportunities for the Live, Work, Play Plan. As a part of the Live, Work, Play Campus, Council endorsed the concept of developing transitional modified housing for Veterans, Wounded Warriors and others.
In other administrative matters, Council approved the VC3 Master Services contract for IT services ($6,316.81 per month); appointed members to the Selection Review Committee for the Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade Expansion Project (Paula Greene and Howell Clark); approved the unpaid Tax report and monthly Financial Report; and approved the Municipal Building roof replacement.
Town Manager Dane Rideout announced that Cameron West, planning director, has left for a new position. “He has done a great job for the Town and he will be missed.”
The September Town Council Meeting will be rescheduled to Monday, September 13th at 7 p.m.