Last updated: September 02. 2014 4:55PM - 353 Views
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HARROGATE, Tenn. — It appears the Harrogate Volunteer Fire Department (VFD) is one step closer to realizing the completion of its second station, to be located on Brunswick Street.

The Harrogate Board of Mayor and Aldermen (BMA) approved a plan last week that will allow the bidding process to begin, pending assurances that eight extra feet are needed possibly to accommodate overhead beam work.

If needed, the 60 ft. by 78 ft. structure should include room for four bays and scaled-down kitchen and bathroom facilities.

Fire Chief Rick Davis said he expected the rock removal on the site to be completed by last Friday.

In another matter, the council unanimously approved a motion to fund the enhancement of the general liability policy held for the VFD that will cover a $10,000 line-of-duty death benefit.

The board had considered enhancing the policy further with coverage for those using their private vehicles while on department business or while responding to a call.

However, liability for those vehicles would have been assumed by the city, as the policyholder.

In other action, the recent increase in wastewater treatment charges from the Claiborne Utility District prompted the BMA to approve a slight increase in the monthly sewer rates.

The council unanimously approved upping the rate from $16 to $17.50 per month.

Apparently, the blurry duty lines between city building inspectors David Laws and Barron Kennedy III is sharpened. Laws will now enforce all building permits for commercial properties, while Kennedy handles residential ones. The two men will occasionally work together when necessary to address the parameters of some permits.

It looks as though the Harrogate Sports Park project is humming along. The city is in the process of doing away with existing grass located where the soccer and ball fields are expected to be placed. Those areas will then get a layer of fescue turf sod, at a cost of some 20 cents per sq. ft. plus any delivery fees.

Jan Runions may be reached at 423-626-3222 or Twitter @scribeCP.

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