Monday night’s meeting of the board also included approval of an amendment to the town’s on-premises alcohol sales ordinance intended to pave the way for a craft brewer interested in doing business Erwin and the announcement a grant awarded for the creation of second, small downtown park.
Town Recorder Glenn Rosenoff told the board members that while capital outlay note resolution authorizes the town to issue up to $350,000 in the debt, the amount may be less depending on the cost of the vehicles and equipment.
Mayor Doris Hensley noted the Erwin Police Department was recently awarded a $25,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of Rural Development that will help with the purchase of the police cars.
The town’s proposed budget sets out a combination of revenue sources for the purchase three police cars, a multi-use public works dump truck and new firefighting equipment, including a projected $170,000 in savings realized through debt refinancing.
Rosenoff said Monday the lowest interest rate offered on the outlay note was 3.63 percent from Bank of Tennessee.
Authorization of the capital outlay note passed unanimously with all five board members present.
The board’s approval of the amendment to the town’s on-premises alcohol sales ordinance was the second hurdle cleared in an effort to pave the way for the opening of Erwin’s first craft brewery or taproom.
The amendment was approved earlier this month by the town’s Beverage Board, which is made up of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen members. Alderman Mark Lefever, who did not attend the April 9 Beverage Board meeting, on Monday said “I will gladly make that motion” for the amendment’s approval.
Alderman Rachelle Shurtz seconded the motion and board voted unanimously to approve to approve the amendment.
According to Rosenoff, the amendment changes language in the town’s regulation of alcohol sales for on-premises consumption to allow craft brewers to earn 80 percent of their total sales revenue from craft beer and 20 percent from other beers, rather than 40 percent from the sale of alcohol and 60 percent from the sale of food.
Monday’s board meeting also included an announcement that demolition and reconstruction of the Erwin Linear Trail spillway bridge between the McDonald’s fish ponds and North Indian Creek will begin on April 30.
Rosenoff said three local construction industry companies will be involved in the project and directional and cautionary signs will be posted for trail users.
Hensley noted the spillway bridge replacement will take place at the same time as the Erwin Linear Trail tunnel construction is underway at Harris Hollow Road.
The tunnel connecting the trail to Fishery Park is expected to be completed within 90 days. To expedite the construction, Harris Hollow Road was closed at Interstate 26 on Monday and will remain closed for the next 30 days.
Ronsenoff also announced a grant awarded to the town for the construction of a second, small downtown park near Erwin Town Hall similar to the Gathering Place located across Main Avenue from the county courthouse.
Landscape architects Jason and Julie Gilliland of Weaverville, N.C., who are renovating the former Main Street Mall building in downtown, donated plans for the park.
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