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Jonesborough on track to improvement after Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting

Jessica Fuller • Nov 9, 2015 at 11:14 PM

Jonesborough is on its way to a better water system and a new Seniors Center after a Monday night Jonesborough Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting.  

Riding the tracks to helping the town, the board tackled an agenda item confirming a grant from Gov. Bill Haslam to help fix the water-loss problem the town has faced for many years. The grant — worth $525,000 — will help the town to help reduce the amount of water loss in the town’s water system from water leaks, old pipes and too much pressure in the system. 

Wolfe said that the town still suffers a 60 percent loss in water in some zones, meaning that out of every gallon of water, 60 percent of it does not make it to the tap. The grant-funded project will help to alleviate this problem, and the board unanimously approved the vote. 

“When you’re wasting 60 percent of your project, you’re running a grossly inefficient operation,” Wolfe said. “What we’ve done over the last several years is dedicate ourselves to fixing this problem for the benefit of everyone in this room and everyone on the Jonesborough Water System.” 

Mayor Kelly Wolfe said during the meeting that he hopes the Seniors Center will finally open its doors in less than a month, quoting Dec. 7, Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, as the opening day for the center.

“It’s an opportunity to showcase some veterans,” Wolfe said. “It’s also an opportunity to put a positive spin on that day that, in American history, was such a horrible day. We’re seeing a realization of a dream for our seniors, which by no means is a tragedy.”

Once open, the Seniors Center will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Beginning July 1, Jonesborough residents will be able to join for a $10 yearly membership, Washington County and Johnson City residents will pay $20 per year, and anyone outside the county can join for $30. 

 

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