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From the Desk of the Mayor

 April 13, 2018

 For those of you that have been following the legal action between the City and the company that wants to dig a gravel pit just west of town, I have another update – it you can call it that. As I reported earlier, Judge Mack had been presiding over this case but was transferred to the Tazewell Courthouse at the beginning of this year. And so, Judge Gorman was then assigned to take the case over. During two separate hearings since she took over, she listened to lawyers’ opinions from both sides and then said she would review the entire record and have an opinion around April 1.

 As she was reviewing the record, she discovered that our past Mayor had provided testimony on the case. He also served as Judge Gorman’s campaign manager during her election for circuit judge. And so, Judge Gorman has apologetically recused herself from the case. The case is now being referred back to Judge Mack and I assume future hearings will occur in Tazewell County. The wheels of justice turn slowly; sometimes even backwards….

 The City Council approved our 2018-2019 annual budget at our last meeting – that’s the good news. The bad news is that our revenue isn’t growing year after year, yet our expenses are growing. Unless something improves, we may be looking at an increase in your water bill. Hopefully not, but there is a possibility. I’ll keep you posted. 

It’s April and time to register your golf cart! To do so, you need to collect some required paperwork. You can find information on the Police Department’s face book page. The, just go to the police station and they will inspect your cart and give you your sticker for the year. If there isn’t an officer there when you arrive, just pick up the phone in the lobby and dispatch will have an available officer come and assist you.

 Some of you might think it seems silly to have golf carts tooling around town. But, when I talk to visitors from out of town, they see it as an attraction and tell me that they wish their city allowed them. And, the golf cart owners that I know see it as a privilege to be able to have a cart and therefore respect the rules and regulations of having one. They even seem to police themselves so that privilege remains in place. Happy carting!

 That’s all for this time. See you around town!



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