A new subdivision of cottages is being planned for property near Thrive at Brow Wood. The developer has requested that the new neighborhood be added to Brow Wood’s sewer system. Before moving forward, the confirmation is needed from the council and sewer board that the town is willing to let the proposed 40 cottages tie into the system in order to get building permits. Wes Hasden chairman of the sewer board, said the capacity of the system is sufficient to handle the homes and the additions will add to the city’s revenue.
The project that is needed to repair the sewer pumping station is now in the hands of engineers. They will determine what work needs to be done. A proposal is due next week which will be presented to the council. Councilman Arch Willingham said that one contractor will be in charge of and responsible for the entire project so there will be no “finger pointing.”
There also is work needed for several culverts in the city to handle stormwater. TSPLOST funds will be used to make those repairs.
Work to create a new comprehensive plan for the town is continuing. Jimmy Campbell reported that in conjunction with Covenant College, names and emails have been collected that will be used for a survey to determine the city’s future growth. The new survey will be based on one that was created in 2009, but it will be revised to reflect today’s needs. The comprehensive planning committee has been divided into seven groups according to individual interests. All the information collected will then be compiled. The goal is to create a simple, straightforward survey that will take from seven to eight minutes to fill out, to encourage people to participate. The next meeting will be Aug. 16 followed by meetings as needed.
The current millage rate for property taxes in the city is 9.35 mils. A recommendation has been made to slightly increase the millage rate to 9.54 mils, a 2.03 percent increase. Property assessments have gone down from $84 million to $83 million, said Mayor David Bennett. The tax increase will be “pretty close to revenue neutral,” he said. A public hearing will be held in September about the tax increase.
The mayor also said the new garbage truck will arrive soon. It has an arm to pick up garbage cans; however, some cans will be crushed by the new equipment. The town has purchased new garbage cans to replace the old ones, where they are needed. A new employee has also been added to work in the solid waste department, which handles garbage and leaf collection.
By the next council meeting, Mayor Bennett said that bids for paving the new pathway along Lula Lake Road should be in. Thanks were given to the Fairyland Garden Club for the $500 donation made to Joe Wilson Park.
Because the chicken ordinance, which allows residents to raise chickens, has passed on final reading, the new position of “chicken inspector” was created and filled with Kenneth Hailey who is chairman of the Board of Zoning Appeals. He will make inspections and determine if coops and the chickens are in compliance with the city’s codes.
At the July council meeting the abandonment of city property was discussed. This land is adjacent to the town’s public works department and Lula Lake Road. The property line is in the center of Mark Wardell’s driveway and he has been given a permitted easement. It has been determined that the land has no value to the city. Mr. Wardell has asked for the land to be deeded to him. City Attorney Bill Pickering recommended for the land trade to be advertised on the city’s website to make the community aware and see if anyone is interested in buying that property before it is given away.
The big news in August concerning Fairyland Elementary school, said Board Member Caroline Williams, is the fundraiser “Music on the Mountain.” It will be held on Aug. 25 starting at 6:30 p.m. There will be a “Southern Super” and a raffle with $100 tickets for a golf cart. There will also be a silent auction, VIP tickets available and a bluegrass band.
The next city council meeting will be Sept. 13 at 6 p.m.