Commission votes to clear $257,780 from the books Blount County commissioners voted unanimously Monday to pay off $257,780 in installment debt for six dump trucks, a vibratory compactor, and a tractor, to free district road budgets of most short-term debt. The action was taken at the commission business meeting Oct. 17. Earlier this year, the commission paid the last installment of debt on two bond issues carried since the late 1990s, leaving the county now clear of all longterm and short-term debt except for one piece of equipment.
Oneonta tables license decision Based on a city population now exceeding 6000, Oneonta has by law extended its police jurisdiction from the previous 1.5 miles beyond city limits to three miles beyond. The city must decide by January whether it will require businesses in the extended area to buy licenses. If so, the businesses would pay half the levy paid by in-town businesses, the same half paid by those within the 1.5 miles.
Blountsville fire station construction comes to a close The final inspection of the Blountsville fire station is scheduled for Oct. 22, Mayor Randy Millwood told the council at its regular meeting Monday night. Construction has come along well and the council hopes the fire station will be ready for operation by the beginning of November.