Volunteers from seven fire departments, friends and family work to save as much of the structure of The Corner Pit BBQ located in the Bryson community and the many collectibles inside Friday, June 15, 2018 at approximately 5:30 p.m. The business will remain closed until further notice. (courtesy photo)

Elkton City Council Holds June Meeting

by Rebecca Bryant

The meeting was called to order by Mayor Thompson at 6 p.m. followed by roll call, pledge and prayer. In attendance were Aldermen Payton Blade, Bill Cary, Frances Neal, Darren Shockney, Mayor Carolyn Thompson, City Recorder Margie Brooks and City Attorney Joe Fowlkes. Also in attendance were Police Officer Josh Davis and Street employee Mike Watridge. Alderman Bill Bonjour was not in attendance.

A motion to approve the May minutes was made by Blade, seconded by Cary, all were in favor and motion passed. A motion to approve the May financial report was made by Cary, seconded by Blade, all were in favor and motion passed. Mayor Thompson stated the financial report is always accessible to anyone interested in reviewing the information.

Police Officer Josh Davis provided the police report in Chief Braden's absence due to the death of his father-in-law. The report included 53 citations: 49 for speeding, one for no muffler, two for financial responsibility and one for driver's license. Fifteen warnings were also issued: nine for vehicle registration, five for financial responsibility and one for a headlight violation. A total of three arrests were made. Several calls for service were conducted including: a call for a man hearing voices, assisting Giles County with a shots fired call, theft and vandalism at the car wash, burglar on Drivers Subdivision, property line issue, assist Giles County with a fleeing vehicle, dog complaint, three welfare checks, suspicious vehicle under the bridge at night, theft on Main Street, two motorists assist, two elevator alarms at Elkton School, residential alarm activation, assist EMS at Hideaway, stolen vehicle tag at Hideaway, 911 open line, assist Elkton Fire on Briarpatch Road, burglary on Elkton Pike, funeral escort, assist Ardmore PD on Ardmore Ridge Road, illegal dumping complaint on Elkton pike, disturbance on Ardmore Ridge, vehicle crash at north end of city limits. Additionally, the police have been working in coordination with Giles County Sheriff's Department in an effort to reduce drug activity in Elkton, thus far resulting in two arrests as a direct result of these efforts.

Fire Chief Payton Blade provided the fire department report. Blade and the Elkton Volunteer Fire Department (EVFD) were on scene for two meetings, four motor vehicle incidents, two grass fires, two structural fires and one vehicle fire.     There were also two meetings conducted. Chief Blade continued to advise residents a fire permit is required before starting any type of fire, regardless of size.

Mike Watridge reported the Street department had nothing to report this month.

Committee reports were next on the agenda. Alderman Blade had no report for the

building, maintenance or additional report for the fire department.

Alderman Bonjour, charged with the park and ball fields, was not in attendance. Alderman Cary had nothing to report but did comment grass at the sewer plant needs to be cut. Neither Alderman Neal for the industrial committee and Alderman Shockney for the grants committee had anything new to report.

Those in attendance next heard from both candidates running for Elkton positions and those running for Giles County positions. (see related story)

The Mayor's comments were next. Sealed construction bids for the two new safety lights on Baugh Road will be opened and read June 26 at 2 p.m. in the Elkton Community Room. All are invited to attend this public meeting. The mayor also extended thanks to Jim and Dottie Caldwell for placing grave flags at all the cemeteries in Elkton for Memorial Day. The Caldwell's have done this for several years for special days of commemoration.

Old business was then discussed. The city has been awarded a 100% grant for transportation mobility plan through the state of Tennessee. A steering committee must be installed in July and volunteers are needed to be part of the committee. The mayor stated the park grant has been evaluated and that she hopes to learn soon whether the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) grant has been approved.

New business was next on the agenda. An ordinance to decrease residential garbage fees to $17 per month (billed on PES monthly bills) beginning in July was read. Blade made a motion to approve, seconded by Cary, all were in favor and the motion passed.

Cary stated the road striping on Market Street could occur Friday, June 15. The quote of $2,376 is contingent on doing it quickly as the company will be in the area and the city would have to accept the short timeframe. While the money is not in the current budget, monies could be moved from the State Street budget. Blade made a motion to pull the funds from the State Street Aid Fund, seconded by Cary, all were in favor and motion passed.

The mayor invited all to the 2018-2019 budget meeting Monday, June 18, at 6 p.m. in City Hall.

Last, Jim Caldwell invited everyone to enjoy cake decorated in honor of the United States Army's birthday. Formed June 14, 1775, the military branch is now 243 years old. Caldwell is an Army veteran.

With nothing further, Blade made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Shockney, all were in favor and motion passed. Meeting adjourned at 6:44pm.

Elkton Booster Club Concert In The Park

The Elkton Booster Club (EBC) will sponsor the first annual Concert in the Park Saturday, June 30, 2018. Beginning at 5 p.m. in the Elkton Town Park music and fellowship will continue until 9:30 or 10 p.m. All proceeds will go toward park improvements so that a sports program can be started in 2019 to provide a safe environment for all children.

Performers scheduled to appear include The Pardons (bluegrass gospel), New Harvest (gospel), Daniel Jones (soloist/songwriter - Country) and Southern Crossroads Band (classic rock). This lineup will provide a great variety of music for all to enjoy.

Vendors such as Pampered Chef, Tupperware, Paparazzi, Plunder, Scentsy, Pink Zebra and more will be offering their products for sale. Vendor applications are still being accepted.

Concessions will be available at the park serving hot dogs, hamburgers, BBQ sandwiches, nachos, chips, popcorn, funnel cakes, candy and drinks.

Admission for the event is $5 for adults and $2 for children.

A silent auction of items including a Nashville Predator Hockey Puck signed by Matt Erwin #52, two admission tickets for Nashville Shores, a signed photo of this year's SEC National Championship donated by Nick's Kids Foundation, two

admission tickets to the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga, TN and four admission tickets to the Nashville Zoo will also aide the fund raising effort.

Attendees should bring a chair or blanket and possibly a canopy or umbrella for shading.

"We hope and pray that this will be a huge success for The Elkton Booster Club and the Elkton community," Tracy Davis explained. "We are not in competition with anyone, our goal is to improve our community and provide our children with a safe place to interact with others. Hopefully keeping them off the streets and out of mischief. There are parents who want to see our town park put to good use and are tired of going to other towns for their child/children to play sports," Davis added.

"The EBC was created by a vision from God. That vision was for the children of Elkton to have a place of their own in the community and to help those wanting to play sports. Many children want to participate in sports however, if they don't make an elementary school team they lose the opportunity to learn the basics. Without the basics many are unable to catch up and compete at the high school level. The Elkton Booster Club wants to give those children a chance to learn the basics! We want to see our children and our community succeed and grow," Davis concluded

No alcohol or pets will be allowed during the event.

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