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Jonesborough BMA supports grant application for possible Senior Center park

Jessica Fuller • Mar 21, 2016 at 10:47 PM

A lengthy Jonesborough Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting Monday night produced a list of possible improvements to the town and some changes in regulations. 

A new park could be on the horizon for the Jonesborough Senior Center within the next few years, as the BMA approved an ordinance in support of a grant application that would help fund a community park for the center. If everything goes according to plan, town administrator Bob Browning said paperwork and contracts could be finalized in time to start a park by 2017. The application is due in April, and while the board moved to support it, the move didn’t come without concern from the aldermen. 

The grant would supply $500,000 to be met by the town to construct the park behind the center, but some aldermen questioned adding another project to the town’s agenda and the ability of the town’s current, ongoing projects to self-maintain. 

“To me, it’s an over abundance of things to do and not having a decent time to finish them,” Alderman David Sell said, adding that he thought the town should take caution and decide where funding a new park could fit into the budget.

Although the board approved the resolution that supports the application, board members did so on the pretense that the conversation would be brought back to the table in addition to the 2016 budget and the possibility of withdrawing the application before announcements are made in September. 

Throughout the meeting, the board also approved: 

• The second reading of an ordinance on the regulation of portable storage containers in certain zones throughout Jonesborough. 

• Prices for Wetlands Water Park’s 2016. 

• An application from Ingles for a certificate of compliance to sell wine. 

• The appointment of a Jonesborough Damage Assessment Team. 

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