Plans are moving forward to build a new Food City in Middlesboro.
During the most recent Middlesboro City Council meeting on Feb. 21, two representatives from Marathon Realty Corporation gave a presentation pertaining to actions that will need to be taken in regard to the construction of the new facility. Marathon is the realty group representing Food City stores.
The two men used various charts to illustrate the actions to be taken.
They informed the council that the current store will be sublet to another entity once they open the new 52,000 square foot facility. It was also implied this larger store is expected to increase its job opportunities and will hopefully be able to hire at least 60 personnel.
The council approved all the actions on those agenda items. Councilmen Bowling and Thacker abstained from voting on the items.
Mayor Bill Kelley recognized two members of Shiloh Church who briefed the council on their desire to have groups from their church to work on city projects. A short discussion took place and concluded with the mayor thanking them for their interest in helping the community.
Councilman Adam Bowling with the community development committee discussed House Bill 422, asking about current progress on demolition for condemned properties on Edgewood Avenue and a follow-up of citizens’ complaints about Bill’s Market.
Councilman Bo Green with the finance committee announced that the first revenues from the moist ordinance had been received in the amount of $493.
Councilman Lucas Carter asked about money and items confiscated by the Middlesboro Police Department and how they were received into the city’s budget. Kelley explained that the funds were covered by a “variety of rules and laws” and funds may not fall in the city budget. Kelley then indicated that he would have the police chief brief council members on the matter.
According to Councilman Kevin Barnett with the parks and recreation committee, a new handicap accessible table has been added at Fords Woods Park. He also reported that sign-ups for AYSO soccer will begin March 15.
There was a discussion of a bid for the purchase of a truck for city use as well.
All council members were present at the meeting.
The next city council meeting is set for March 21 at 7 p.m. in Middlesboro City Hall.