Carter County Commission completes city-county agreement to help fund soil survey for Snap-on expansion

John Thompson • Dec 17, 2018 at 10:38 PM

ELIZABETHTON — A future expansion of Snap-on Tools cleared another hurdle Monday night when the Carter County Commission voted unanimously to spend not more than $6,500 to help pay for a phase I environmental survey and a geotechnical survey on the property that Snap-On is proposing to purchase.

The commission was in favor of the expenditure that would facilitate the sale of six acres of undeveloped property that were once part of an aluminum extrusion plant adjacent to Snap-On’s plant on State Line Road. The proposed expansion would reportedly result in an initial increase of 20 new jobs at Snap-On.

Last Thursday, the Elizabethton City Council had already approved the expenditure of $6,500 in city money on the surveys. The land is currently in part of a parcel known as the Matheson Property.

The Budget Committee of the County Commission had also reviewed the proposal during its regular meeting a week ago and agreed to recommend the expenditure to the County Commission.

Jon Hartman, planning director for Elizabethton, attended the County Commission meeting and presented the proposal. In a memorandum, Hartman had said the expenditure would not only help in creating 20 new jobs and a large expansion of an existing industry, but also “a renewed commitment from the company to stay here in Elizabethton and Carter County.”

On another matter, the county approved a contract with the East Tennessee State University Forensics Laboratory, which will allow the lab to continue performing autopsies for the county.

The previous contract had expired in October and the county had been able to keep the support through two extensions, with the last one set to expire at the end of December.

In the past, the county had budgeted $125,681 for autopsies for a year. Under the new proposal, the county will pay $9,923.37 per month for an 18-month agreement, with no caps.

The number of autopsies requested for the county have been growing over the past few years. Mayor Rusty Barnett said the number of autopsies requested by the county has grown over the past several years.

Barnett said the county only requested 12 autopsies for the entire year in 2006. He said the number has grown to 62 autopsies for the past year.

The county has requested action by the next session of the state legislature to address the situation.

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