Charleston still looking at annexation potential

By LARRY C. BOWERS
Posted 3/14/19

The Charleston City Commission discussed a number of issues Tuesday evening, but took little action.Most of the serious issues, and decisions, are in the "to do" stage.Charleston officials are still …

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Charleston still looking at annexation potential

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The Charleston City Commission discussed a number of issues Tuesday evening, but took little action.

Most of the serious issues, and decisions, are in the "to do" stage.

Charleston officials are still looking at the possibility of annexing along Lauderdale Memorial Highway to Interstate 75. They are hoping for a face-to-face talk with a representative of the Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS), for advice.

City Manager Caroline Geren and Recorder Janet Newport recommended the commissioners put together some direct questions to send to MTAS for a preliminary response, prior to a meeting.

The Commission is also interested in receiving some guidance from MTAS regarding an opportunity of having a lighted city sign. The tentative donor is asking for the ability of advertising on the sign.

Geren and Newport will attempt to set up a meeting with an MTAS representative.

Mayor Walter Goode, and commissioners Donna McDermott and Frankie McCartney attended Tuesday's meeting.

After approving the minutes and financials, they moved through a number of old business items They include:

• Resident Chris Cassada is interested in working out an agreement to maintain and improve the baseball field near the municipal building. He is asking for selected scheduling for practice sessions for his team, coordinated through Street and Maintenance Supervisor Melvin Graham.

Cassada has not yet met with Geren to discuss such an agreement.

• McDermott asked about the need for sanitation workers to receive hepatitis vaccinations. 

She was informed workers have the option of getting the series of shots, and would be reimbursed by the city.

Geren and Newport said it would have to be voluntary, and they can sign off to not take the shots.

"I don't know why they would not take advantage, working in that type of environment," said Mayor Goode.

• McDermott is also asking for a form letter, with a Charleston letterhead, for use when the city is soliciting for support with special community events, and other communication.

• Commissioner McCartney questioned Graham about plans to rent a roller for improvements on specific streets. Graham said he has not yet initiated that plan.

McCartney also asked about bumpers for the boat dock, and was told they have been installed.

Graham, and his crew, are planning to paint the Market Street Bridge. He also has quotes for repair of the street sweeper, and is ready to move forward. 

The Commission also discussed anticipated progress of computer upgrades in police cruisers, intergrating the software with the Bradley County 911 system.

Police Chief Johnny Stokes was not at the meeting, but 911 Director Sherry Maxfield said she understands he is waiting for the phones, and training.

City authorities continues to struggle with a resolution for mowing of the Charleston Cemetery. 

The property is not owned by the city, but Graham and his maintenance personnel have attempted to keep up with care during the summer season.

The city had asked local churches to assist, but donations have been limited.

They are now looking at the possibility of using some city funds to sustain maintenance of the cemetery for this year. "If we can sustain it for this year, it will give us some time (to seek a solution)," said McCartney.

The Commission has an offer for the mowing, and would welcome additional offers, prior to entering into a contract. Anyone interested can contact city officials.

Charleston official have decided on the winner in a design contest among Charleston Elementary students for a mural on the east wall of the pavilion in the city park.

The Commission will invite the student(s) to a Commission meeting for a presentation of cash award. 

The commissioners also reserved their ability to tweak the design slightly, since the winning selection does not completely agree with Cherokee history.




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