Concerned citizens were present for Thursday night’s Jacksboro Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting. Travis Shelton read a prepared statement to the board that requested opening up streets inside the town to all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). He also had a petition he presented to the board with signatures of citizens who were in agreement with him. Shelton and other citizens feel that the town is losing revenue by not opening the streets up from the mountain trails. Mayor June Forstner attempted to explain that the decision to open the roads was not made by the town but was made at a state level. City Attorney Steve Hurst told the group it needed to take the issue to its state representative, who could offer more assistance on the matter. Members of the audience appeared displeased with what they were told.
The board approved the hiring of Jordan Huskey as a full time police officer and Brandon Carins as a part time police officer.
Currently, the board has a New Holland Tractor with a boom mower out of service that was declared as surplus property. The tractor will be traded to the Town of Caryville for a salt spreader.
In the final business of the night, the board approved several items for the fire department. Those items were 2019 in-service trainings; new lights for the bays in the fire department, $2,500; small water heater, $750 and a new fire helmet for $125. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 01/04/2019-6AM)