By David Knox
Metropolitan Lynchburg Moore County stands to receive a total of $360,598 if Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee’s budget is approved by the state legislature, according to Mayor Bonnie Lewis.
Speaking to the Metro Council Monday night, Lewis said $100 million is being divided between every county and city in the state in Lee’s budget, which is expected to get approval. Since Metro Lynchburg Moore County is a metro government, it would get both shares — $274,858 as a county and $85,740 as a municipality.
The funds must be used within the year they are received and would be earmarked for use in five areas – IT and technical, capital maintenance, utility systems, roads and public safety.
Lewis said one of the things that should be done is capital improvements on the health department building. It has been cited for several violations. “When it gets time to do capital improvements, that’s one that needs consideration. It’s No. 1 on my capital improvement list.”
Lewis also bagged a state grant, acting quickly to secure it the day she found out about it, she said. The $31,000 Tennessee Department of Transportation grant will go to new LED traffic signals in front of Moore county High School and new yellow signs indicating the school speed zone.
The council had its second and third readings and approved rezoning the Eakins property from agriculture to residential and also a second and third reading and approval of the $3 million bond issue to complete the improvements at Moore County High School.
The roads list for improvements and paving was approved. Also, the council heard a report from EMA Director Jason Deal on the rains and flooding on Feb. 5 and 12 – there were 49 calls during those days to respond to flooding and trees down. Louse Road is still shut down, Deal said, due to mudslides and trees down. Seventeen trees were reported down on Feb.12 but they were all cleared by midnight. Deal thanked all metro departments that responded as well as individuals for their quick response.