White sewer project work begins Monday
by By Mark Andrews
Jun 12, 2011 | 2347 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
By Mark Andrews

mark.andrews@daily-tribune.com

The city of White is expected to begin its Barry Drive sewer project on Monday, which includes extending more than 1,500 feet of sanitary sewer from Old Tennessee Highway to Barry Drive.

City manager Jane Richards said residents should not expect detours or delays at the beginning of the project.

The extension is to be funded by a $95,200 Appalachian Regional Commission grant and Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax funds. The project is separate from the city's Phase II project, which is expected to provide sanitary sewer to 140 residential customers in the next eight months.

During the White City Council meeting on Monday, June 6, the board approved a letter of conditions from the ARC.

"We've already awarded the bids and [the letter of conditions] was the final thing about the grant money we had to do," Richards said. "There are a just few more odds and ends we have to do dealing with paper work with the [United States Department of Agriculture-Rural Development]."

In other city of White news, councilman Dennis Huskins made the motion to adopt an ordinance to revise the city's retirement plan, which includes lowering age of retirement for full-time employees from 65 to 62 with 30 years of service. The ordinance also includes changing how officials and employees draw retirement.

"Several years ago we changed the retirement plan to where if you retire but continue to work, you can draw your salary and draw your retirement, but we've changed that," Richards said. "[Now], for instance, if I retire then I couldn't continue to work and draw retirement checks."

The city also has made progress on its website, www.cityofwhitega.com, which Richards said eventually will allow residents to pay city fees online.

"We've almost got [the city of White website] completed. ... you can go on there and look at what we've got so far," Richards said.

The website currently hosts historical and demographic information about the city.

* The board approved the request of B.J. Piatt, pastor at David Street Church of God, to use the city's ball field for a tent revival from June 23 to July 2.

* The board voted also to change the date of its July 4 meeting to July 11 due to the Fourth of July holiday.