HUNTSVILLE — The Town of Huntsville is planning to seek a grant for industrial development purposes.
The town's mayor and board of aldermen voted Monday to authorize application for a grant that would fund an industrial spec building on property currently owned by Citizens Gas Utility District. The parcel of property is located on S.R. 63 on the east end of town, near the Scenic Foods grocery.
Huntsville Mayor George W. Potter said Monday that East Tennessee Development District will handle the application for the grant. Potter added that the Scott County Industrial Development Board has agreed to "take" the grant and provide the matching funds.
The ID Board is also currently in negotiations regarding another spec building.
The board approved a resolution authorizing the grant application by a 5-0 vote.
In other business Monday, the board adopted a resolution to support Scott Appalachian Industries by obtaining Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant funding for SAI's planned community center. Town recorder Wendy Buttram said that the grant, which will next be available in 2016, can be for as much as $500,000. SAI, she said, would pay the matching funds on the portion of the grant it needed for the new development.
The board also passed the second readings of ordinances adopting a revised sewer rate and annexing properties in the Highlander Estates subdivision.
By a 3-1 vote with alderman Jody Newport dissenting and vice mayor Mark Love abstaining from voting, the board ratified the town's contract with Brimstone Recreation for the lease of the Huntsville Mall during the third week of September. The 10-year lease applies to the time frame of the Polaris Camp RZR event. The three-day event was held in Huntsville for the first time this past weekend.
The board also voted to purchase an engine for a garbage truck, after a mechanical problem resulted in the old engine being rendered useless. Potter said Oneida Mayor Jack E. Lay is currently assisting the town with use of an Oneida truck, and is also assisting in the search for a used engine. New engines for the truck have been quoted between $11,000 and $16,000, the mayor said.
Finally, the board approved an Oct. 4 road block at the intersection of U.S. Hwy. 27 and S.R. 63 by Mid-County Volunteer Fire Department.
While it wasn't a part of official business, Potter reiterated concerns with the Tennessee Highway Patrol's enforcement efforts in Huntsville during the Camp RZR event weekend.
"They're targeting Huntsville," said Potter, who also complained about THP enforcement after Memorial Day weekend events at Brimstone Recreation and Trails End Campground.
"They can call it law enforcement if they want," Potter said. "I can't understand it. It's just a sad deal."