Charleston eyes 'cleanup, fix-up' event

By LARRY C. BOWERS
Posted 9/12/18

The Charleston Commission, and city staff, will once again be assisting residents in a cleanup, fix-up effort this fall.The city will rent a large bin for the collection of yard cuttings and debris, …

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Charleston eyes 'cleanup, fix-up' event

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The Charleston Commission, and city staff, will once again be assisting residents in a cleanup, fix-up effort this fall.

The city will rent a large bin for the collection of yard cuttings and debris, as well as small household items being discarded. This collection is tentatively scheduled for the final week of September, or first week of October, depending on when the trash bin can be reserved.

Mayor Walter Goode, and commissioners Frankie McCartney and Donna McDermott, discussed the follow-up cleanup opportunity at Tuesday's September meeting Tuesday.

The city provided a bin in the spring, but officials were disappointed by abuse from a few individuals who discarded several large items and filled it up in a very short time.

They pointed out Tuesday that this fall collection will be more severely supervised, so more residents can discard unwanted articles and yard cleanup.

"We will not accept tires, mattresses, or large appliances or furniture items," said the mayor. "This will only be for yard debris and small household items."

More information on the dates and times for the fall collection will be available later.

At Tuesday's meeting, commissioners also discussed some areas of overgrown property along Highway 11, just south of the center of Charleston.

Charleston officials discussed a number of other issues.

•  Elected officials and city staff are planning to set up a Charleston website for the general public in the near future.

City Manager Caroline Geren and City Recorder Janet Newport are hoping to receive some assistance from Walker Valley High School faculty members and students for the project.

• Commissioners will be encouraging students at Charleston Elementary School to assist in plans for the painting of a mural on the eastern side of the pavilion at Hoyt Berry City Park.

They want the students to submit artwork for the proposed mural, with a Trail of Tears historical theme. The art will be submitted by late December, with a winner determined in January.

The Commissioners may also get high school students from Walker Valley High School involved at a later date, possibly having them create the mural.

• There are a number of old business issues that have yet to be resolved.

City staff is to purchase a tetherball game for use at the city park. Staff is also attempting to contact the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency with concerns about water wake issues on the Hiwassee River around the Charleston boat dock. They will also ask the Tennessee Valley Authority about new bumpers for the dock.

Some road improvement and repairs, especially around the boat dock,  will be coordinated by Street and Maintenance Supervisor Melvin Graham. 

• Commissioners were disappointed by the lack of response from the community's churches regarding the need for assistance with the city cemetery. The city sent out a letter seeking financial or in-kind donations for the cemetery's upkeep.

Graham told the commissioners he feels he can adequately maintain the property for this fall season, with a final mowing.

• Charleston officials are hoping to be able to recruit a well-known fast-food restaurant to available property along North Lee Highway (Highway 11). 

"The Sonic restaurant did very well when it was here," emphasized Mayor Goode. "Hopefully we can get another 'name' restaurant to locate here."

• Commissioners are also looking at the possibility of creating a general complaint form for local residents. The form will be available at the municipal building, and can be mailed back to city officials for review. 

• Graham is planning a new water fountain in the city park, but it will probably not be in place until the spring.

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