Change isn’t always good and that proved to be the case at last night’s Caryville Board of Mayor and Aldermen.

The board recently purchased tablets to use for town, but the approval of the May minutes had to be tabled until June due to a technical glitch of the tablets.

The board held a second reading of Ordinance 2018-05 that adds a new permitted use schedule section to the zoning ordinance. A second reading of Ordinance 2018-06 annual operating budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2018 and ending June 30, 2019 was completed. The new budget included a salary for a full-time fireman for the town, a .50 cent raise for employees, paving projects for the town and funds for a new patrol car for the police department.

The first phase of the city hall lighting project has been completed, Mayor Robert Stooksbury discussed moving forward with the second phase of the project. The project will complete the remainder of town hall inside as well as the outside, the cost of the second phase is $9,284.

Paving projects for the upcoming year will cost $200,000 and the board discussed options to borrow the money for the project. The first option presented was through TML with a 3.95 percent interest rate with an annual payment. The second option presented was through First Volunteer Bank with a 3.4 percent interest rate and monthly payments. The board agreed to utilize First Volunteer Bank.

Bids were received on a police vehicle.  Ray Varner Ford had the lowest bid at $28,871, the state contract bid was $29,099 and the highest bid was $34,455.

Janitorial services were discussed for city hall. Stooksbury said the town could continue the current services for another year if they were satisfied or bid out the services. The board agreed they were all satisfied with the services and agreed to extend the services for another year.

Justin Ball with the TCRS spoke with the board about the 401k/457 employee contribution plan for full time employees. Ball explained the program was voluntary and can be utilized by all employees or one employee. Contributions can be as little as $10 per paycheck or one percent.

Freddie Wright was appointed to another term on the CJUC board. (WLAF PUBLISHED 6/11/2018 6AM)