Following a lengthy discussion the BMA approved Alderman Mark DeWitte’s motion to keep the Sugar Tree access open, accept all of the other TDOT recommendations, and ask TDOT to come up with any other possible alternatives to improve highway safety in that area.
The section proposed for closure by TDOT is the small section of of Caldwell Drive between the Beal Street intersection and 11-W, which is the closest access to the highway for residents of the Sugar Tree Subdivision.
The building was constructed in 1921 with a side door leading to that alley, but at some point it was bricked in. Before Red Dog opens, however, that brick will be knocked out and the original doorway will be reopened.
Chancellor Doug Jenkins ruled last week that Rogersville will not be required to pay the Hawkins County Election Commission’s $23,094 in legal fees for defending a lawsuit filed last year by the city and then filing a countersuit.
The first step toward bringing the Rogersville Water Department back into state compliance regarding its levels of disinfectant byproduct will be a study of the water system that will cost at least $49,725.
There is one indoor storage business already on Main Street near the city water department which will be grandfathered in. One of the goals of the new ordinance is to preserve vacant Main Street property for new developments that would increase the city's sales tax base.
"It has happened before, and we've extended the late fee deadline that time. We more or less set a precedent that we're going to have to extend the late fee (deadline)." — Alderman Mark DeWitte
The City of Rogersville may soon be forced to enforce its new Slum Ordinance against itself, thanks to a proposed gifting of the city's oldest building by an owner who doesn't want to pay for repairs to get it up to code.
There's one clear winner in the recent legal battle between the Hawkins County Election Commission and Rogersville Board of Mayor and Aldermen over the relocation of city voting precincts. The lawyers.
City recorder Glenn Hutchens reported to the board that the owner had repaired the one faulty HVAC unit, and had lowered the price to $144,000 to compensate for the hale damage which was likely caused by a massive hail storm that hit Rogersville in April of 2011.
"We would love to (salvage the brick). It's not our plan to, but I would certainly be willing to. I would much rather see it go to a good need than throw it in a landfill. I'd like to see them used. — Brant Grimm
A skate boarding facility built in 2007 at Rogersville City Park will soon be outfitted to accommodate furry creatures on four legs instead of kids on four wheels.
The Rogersville Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted Tuesday to issue a $2 million bond for water/sewer system improvements, and beginning in September it will begin administering those funds itself as the new Water Commission.
On Tuesday the Rogersville Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved two of three required readings for a 23 percent water/sewer rate hike which is expected to be implemented in September.
Although the additional Water Department revenue from the rate hike is reflected in the 2018-19 budget, a new ordinance outlining the exact rates must be approved on three readings before the increase takes effect.