Jonesborough's new Board of Mayor and Aldermen takes reins

Becky Campbell • Dec 12, 2018 at 9:13 PM

Two Jonesborough aldermen and the mayor were sworn into office Wednesday at the town’s charter meeting, then got right down to business for the December meeting.

Prior to the swearing-in, the previous board — Mayor Chuck Vest, Aldermen Terry Countermine, Adam Dickson and Virginia Causey — held a brief meeting to approve the minutes from the last two meetings. Outgoing Alderman David Sell did not attend.The group immediately adjourned and the board went into its charter meeting to swear in newly elected members — Vest as mayor, and Causey and Stephen Callahan as aldermen.

From there, the board held its December meeting, which was rescheduled from Monday to last night. There was not much business for the meeting except for passage on second reading a special event beer permit ordinance. It will allow restaurants in Jonesborough that aren’t large enough to get a full beer permit to apply for on-site consumption beer sales for up to 12 events through the year. 

The board approved first reading on annexing a piece of property where the town constructed a new wastewater facility. The town owns the property, but recently discovered that while property around the parcel is within the town limits, the particular lot where the new facility is located was outside town limits.

The ordinance requires one more reading and a 30-day waiting period for the annexation to become final.

In other business, the board:

  • Approved the 2019 BMA meeting dates.
  • Approved first reading to rezone property on North Cherokee Street from low-density residential to planned residential development. The rezoned area joins a 40-acre plot owned by Dan Eldridge which he plans to develop into patio homes.
  • Approved first reading to rezone property along East Main Street from low-density residential to planned residential development. A PRD gives the town more control on how the property can be developed in terms of providing natural buffering and pedestrian access.
  • Approved a bid from GRC Inc. to do structural work associated with the Jackson Theater renovations.
  • Declined the single bid for Jackson Theater marquee and vertical signage submitted by Snyder Signs to allow another local company to also provide a bid. Causey said she spoke with the other sign company, Foster Signs, and was told the business was not contacted about bidding on the project.
  • Appointed Bryan Barnett to the Jonesborough Planning Commission.
  • Deferred action on a contract with Saratoga for providing computers and technical support to the city.
  • Deferred action on the recent resignation of Rachel Conger from her position as recreation direction. 
  • Recognized Glen Woodfin as the December employee of the month.

The board’s next meeting is scheduled for Jan. 14 at 7 p.m.