CARYVILLE, TN (WLAF) – Winners of the 2020 Christmas Light Contest for the Town of Caryville were announced at last night’s meeting. First place went to James and Carol Dopp who will receive $300. Next the town had a three-way tie with Martha Tackett, Jason and Madison Tackett and Robin Cain, all three will receive $100 each.  

The Town of Caryville received its 2019-20 audit from Warren Jackson CPA’s PLLC. The audit showed “no findings.” 

In November the town began discussing the possibility of a second fire station that would be located at the 141 exit of I-75. Funding would come from a Community Development Block Grant. The first step in the process is to hire an engineer. The board of mayor and aldermen chose Robert Campbell and Associates.      

Ordinance No. 2021-01 repealing 2007-01 was passed. The town now has a new personnel policy that replaces the previous version.

The town will start advertising for bids on a new arm mower for the street department.

Two items were tabled until the board could hold a workshop to discuss the items. In December, the board agreed to change how it paid employees health insurance. However, Alderman Eric Jones brought to the attention of the board some issues with the change. After a brief discussion it was decided the town would revert to the way it was prior to December, but the .50 cent raise will remain in force. The other item tabled for the workshop was replacing a police car that wrecked on Dec. 26. The total cost of a new patrol car is $39,845, insurance will pay the town $19,850 for the car that was wrecked, but the town still needs $19,995 to finish paying for the vehicle.

Jones requested to suspend the rules to discuss applying for a FEMA grant for the fire department. Jones explained this grant is a 95/5 match grant for emergency equipment. The town would need to pay approximately $2,500 as it’s match for the grant. The board approved for the fire department to apply for the grant. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 01/12/2021-6AM)