CARYVILLE, TN (WLAF) – Security improvements are on the horizon for the Town of Caryville.

Last night, the Caryville Board of Mayor and Aldermen agreed to install cameras and panic buttons in the municipal building. The price tag for the system is $2,475. Mayor Bobby Stooksbury requested the board form a committee consisting of Vickie Heatherly, Beth Lawson and Patrick Pebley to look at other upgrades for the building. Stooksbury discussed that the building had not been upgraded in several years and requested the trio speak with each department head to get their input.

In financial matters, the board agreed to increase the town’s rainy day fund by $50,000 bringing the fund total to $300,000.

Two budget housekeeping items were approved, line item adjustments for 2021-22 budget and the first reading of Ordinance No. 2021-06 amending the annual operating budget for the 2020-21 budget and Resolution No. 2021-02 giving permission to apply for TML the Public Entity Partners Safety Group 50/50 match. The $3,000 grant is done yearly for the fire department, police department and street department.

The Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan was approved. Approval of that plan makes the town eligible for hazard mitigation funds.

Steven Rice was hired full- time in the street department and Town Attorney Adam Bulllock’s contract was renewed for another year.

The board approved two sponsorships totaling $1,500 for the Sixth Annual Clays for Children Sporting Clay Tournament. One sponsorship is for the police department team and another for the town. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 07/13/2021-6AM)