Scotts Hill Benchmarked by TDEC, Discusses Sale of Bath Springs Water Area
Article by W. Clay Crook-
The mayor and board of aldermen for the town of Scotts Hill met in regular session on Monday evening, April 1st, with a full board, full room, and full agenda. George Brogdon, representing the Tennessee Department of Economic Development presented a certificate to David Austin, “benchmarking” Scotts Hill with the Parks and Recreation Service, which gives the town additional credit points on grant applications.
Decatur County Mayor Mike Creasy also came forward to address the board, asking the town to consider options for the expansion of water below the Bath Springs area. Creasy said that Decatur County had received a $30,000.00 search grant that helped to research the feasibility of water expansion options. The board said it would be glad to enter discussions with Decatur County, but that the area is currently at maximum service. There is also about one million dollars in water facility debt that was acquired in providing for the area that is still outstanding. The board moved to offer to sell the water area to Decatur County, as the property values and tax income due to water availability directly benefit Decatur County, but that the costs place an undue burden on the Scotts Hill residents. Creasy said he would take the measure to his full commission.
Bids on a weather siren system were discussed, and tabled in order to give further research time into the bids. A measure tabled last month on disposition of the old Helms building was also tabled for next month. Also tabled for next month, in order to give some of the board members further time to research, was a recommendation from the budget committee to pay off the debt for the water system, and for the loan on the new Police Department vehicle. There are two loans on the water facilities, the pay offs are $529,610.18 and $373,739.95, and with the interest rate, very little headway has been made on the principal over the last…
For the complete article, see the April 3rd edition of The Lexington Progress.