|Published: 9:44 AM, 08/05/2013
||Last updated: 9:45 AM, 08/05/2013
Author: Jessica Cross
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
TELLICO PLAINS-The town of Tellico
Plains is saying no to junk.
In a majority vote on Thursday night,
the City Council agreed that the town prohibit any new junkyards from
locating within the city limits.
"A couple years back, the county
prohibited any new junk yards," said Mayor Patrick Hawkins. "Our Planning
Commission has made a recommendation that we do the same within our
city limits. We don't have any zoning so there's nothing to prevent
someone buying two lots and stacking up 20 plus cars."
Alderwoman Sherri Raby was quick to
agree to the recommendation.
"There's not much area in our
downtown or a big place where a junkyard could go," she explained.
Raby, Alderman Kenneth Davis and City
Recorder David Bookout all voted to prohibit new junkyards within the
city limits. Alderman Robert Hamilton abstained from the vote.
Also at the meeting:
The City Council passed a flood
ordinance on its second reading, voted to renew the TML Safety Grant
and passed the 2013-2014 fiscal year budget on its first reading,
approving a tax rate of .4676.
"We'll have some surplus money in the
end," said Hawkins of the budget, noting it did not require any
money transfers from the building fund or the water/sewer department. "It looks like we're going to come in in the black, so there's no
need for a tax increase right now."
See full story in the Sunday, Aug. 4, edition of The Advocate & Democrat.
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