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Elizabethton City Council prepares for June meeting

BY IVAN SANDERS
STAR STAFF
ivan.sanders@elizabethton.com
The Elizabethton City Council will be meeting for their regularly scheduled June meeting on Thursday, June 10, 2021, at 6 pm in the City Council Meeting room at Elizabethton City Hall.

After approving the Council meeting minutes from their May 2021 meeting, the Council will be making two recognitions.

Mack and Nancy Cooke will be recognized for a donation of land to the City of Elizabethton as well as the recognition and acknowledgment of Johann Coetzee for his retirement and years of service.

Citizens will then have an opportunity to address the council with any concerns or comments.

Four events are on the agenda seeking approval.

The first two are a request from Jiggy Ray’s Pizzeria to host both the JiggyPalooza and Jiggyfest.

Jiggy Ray’s Downtown Pizzeria is seeking to host two outdoor music festivals in the Bicentennial Walkway this summer. Each outdoor festival will serve beer, and as they have done in the past, attendees will be carded when they enter the festival area.

Festival dates requested (and requested Bicentennial Walkway use) are: Saturday, July 31, 2021, from 8 am until 12 am. Outdoor concert to be conducted 6 pm.-11 pm. The second event will be on Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021, from 8 am until 12 am. Outdoor concert to be conducted 6 pm -11 pm.

The second event to be considered is the Elizabethton Cyclone High School and Middle School Football Team 5K.

The Cyclone Touchdown Club is seeking to host a 5K race to raise money for Elizabethton High School and T. A. Dugger Jr. High School football teams’ equipment.

This event will take place on Friday, July 30, 2021, from 8 pm until 10 pm. The 5K, conducted by We Run Events, will begin and end at Dave Rider Field at T. A. Dugger Jr. High.

Road closures will occur from 8-9 pm and a special ceremony, recognition, and awards will take place inside the football stadium at 9:00 pm upon conclusion of the race.

The fourth event on the agenda looking for approval will be the City of Elizabethton Parks and Recreation Independence Day Celebration.

The City of Elizabethton Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting a free community event to celebrate July 4th at Covered Bridge Park.

This event includes special opening ceremonies, the Little Miss Firecracker Pageant, a patriotic bike parade, a patriotic pup parade, and live music.

This year the Independence Day Celebration will be held Saturday, July 3, 2021, from 4 pm until approximately 10:30 pm. The day will begin with opening ceremonies, a pageant, parades, and live music on the stage.

City Manager Daniel Estes will present department reports and any other pertinent information from the City Manager’s office.

City Council will then approve board and committee appointments and/or new appointments to the Historic Zoning Commission – 1 Regular Term, Parks and Recreation Board – Boys & Girls Club Representative Term, Wastewater Regulations Appeals Board – 1 Council Representative Term, and Library Board – 1 Regular Term.

There will be two second readings and public hearings in old business on Budget Ordinance Amendments.

In new business, there will be seven separate pieces of business placed before the Council. The following are the items to be considered:

– Resolution to consider naming the Southside Road Bridge as Staff Sergeant John R. Clark Memorial Bridge.
– 2021-2022 Budget and Property Tax Ordinance for the Tax Year 2021 – First Reading.
– 2021-2022 School Budget Ordinance Adoption – First Reading.
– Resolution approving 2021-2022 Elizabethton Municipal Airport Budget.
– Resolution approving 3M Hosting and Maintenance Agreement.
– Elizabethton Housing and Development Authority Release of Funds Request and Certification Form.
– Resolution approving FY 2021/22 Housing Agency Police Service Agreement.