Charleston denied water tower grant
by DELANEY WALKER, Banner Staff Writer
Nov 14, 2012 | 1167 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Charleston has been denied a grant request for funds to replace the town’s old water tower, according to Mayor Walter Goode.

The mayor’s comments came during Tuesday night’s monthly session of the Charleston City Commission.

“We will get in contact with them to get specifics on why our [grant request] points were not high enough and what we need to do to receive the grant,” Goode said. “This water tower is instrumental for Charleston.”

Water from the tower is used to supply the city’s senior residents. According to Goode, the current tower is insufficient. Water is not being held in the facilities as it should.

The city has been working on plans for two years to build a new tower. Goode said the old Charleston water tower has been there as long as he can remember.

“We were looking at building a new tower with a $500,000 plan. We will be working with the utility district,” Goode said. “Utilities will come up with an additional $250,000 to help finance the materials and construction.”

The Community Development grant will be reapplied for as soon as possible. Tabs will be kept on when a new plan can be submitted.

A matching grant offered through the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation has been awarded to Charleston for a total of $75,000. Janet Newport, city court clerk, revealed the grant’s recently discovered guidelines.

“Contracts will be sent out at the end of January or the beginning of February. We will have two weeks to review before signing and sending the contracts back,” Newport said. “A completed contract will be sent to us and we will send a confirmation email back.”

Thirty days will be allotted to the city to spend a portion of the grant money, following email confirmation. One of the first purchases will be a sign telling where the money is coming from. The city will receive a $50 reimbursement on the sign, which will cost $100.

“Any money spent before the scheduled time will not be reimbursed,” Newport said.

An additional 90 days will be given for further purchases. Grant money will be used toward cleaning and clearing up the current park, new equipment, workers, tests, and other tasks. Workers and plans will be lined up in preparation of the 30-day and 90-day periods.

Matching funds can be raised in a variety of ways, including work completed by city employees on the park and donations.

- In additional news, Charleston residents are asked to refrain from pushing their leaves into ditches.

“People rake their leaves to the ditches and burn their leaves in the ditches,” Goode said. “When the rain comes, it just washes all of that stuff down the drain to clog it up.”

Goode said research needs to be done on the equipment needed to take care of lawn waste in the city.

“We are small, but we have the same needs as Cleveland,” Goode said. “We ourselves have got to go out and buy the equipment.”

This is in response to residents complaining drains are clogged and overflowing throughout Charleston. City workers are set to look into the matter and pinpoint the drains in question.

Bradley County Fire-Rescue representatives reported 15 new recruits will be a part of a BCFR graduation ceremony at Lee University. An additional 17 have passed the written test and will soon be taking the agility test. The Commission was welcomed to attend the graduation.

Pre-build check-off has been completed on three tankers. An additional check-off will be conducted on three engines today. According to BCFR reports, contractors are being held to their April 1 deadline for the first new station. Subsequent stations will be built each week following the first. A total of three new stations will join the existing ones currently comprising BCFR.

The Charleston-Calhoun-Hiwassee Historical Society will hold its regular meeting on Sunday at 3 p.m., at Charleston United Methodist Church.