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BMA swears in new members

Judge John Rambo administers the oath of office for newly elected Mayor Chuck Vest.


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The Jonesborough Board of Mayor and Aldermen met last Wednesday, Dec. 12, at Town Hall for the first meeting featuring newly elected aldermen Stephen Callahan, Virginia Causey and ayor Chuck Vest. Causey and Vest were previously appointed to the board, but this was their first election.

Following the swearing in ceremony that preceded the meeting, Vest said, “We’re always going to give our best to the town of Jonesborough. That’s why we’re all here.”

Vest was elected to a two-year term. Callahan and Causey were elected to four-year terms.

BMA members must be citizens of the State of Tennessee, qualified voters and residents of Jonesborough for a minimum of one year.

The board typically meets on the second Monday of each month, barring exceptions, in the Board Room at Town Hall, 123 Boone Street. The town website features past agendas and minutes.

December’s meeting includes setting dates for 2019’s BMA meetings. The dates for next year are Jan. 14, Feb. 11, March 11, April 8, May 13, June 10, July 15, Aug. 12, Sept. 9, Oct. 14, November 11 and Dec. 9.

All meetings begin at 7 p.m. and are held in the Board Room of Town Hall.

Other subjects of note from the meeting included:

• Bryan Barnett was appointed to the Town of Jonesborough’s Planning Commission

• Two separate people nominated Glen Woodfin as December’s Employee of the Month. Woodfin is an employee with the town’s Street Department One nomination by Water Distribution chief Mike McCracken said of Woodfin, “He is always early for work and usually leaving late. Glen always has a positive attitude and is very knowledgeable of the everyday tasks that he faces each day. He is very dependable and well respected by the staff.”

• During “Aldermen Communications,” Alderman Adam Dickson said he had spoken with residents of the condominiums across from new Fleet Maintenance Building currently under construction and they “are saying very good things about the new construction. And I’ve heard so far, I believe two or three individuals that live in that development, just being pleased with the investments that this board made and that we didn’t just throw something together but that it was thought out and processed.”

• Also during “Aldermen Communications”, Vest asked Callahan, “Do you have anything you’d like to say on your first day on the job?” drawing from Callahan the response, “Just happy to be here,” eliciting laughter from the meeting attendees.

• During the “Town Attorney Comments,” Town Attorney Jim Wheeler told the Board there was a possibility of starting next year with a new occurrence for him. “It’s been quiet on the litigation front. This month we’ve resolved a couple cases on appeal and we’ve got a deadline that’s been set by the court of appeals in another case. The reason I mention it is if all those resolve this month, January I hope to be able to report to you will be the first month in the 20 years I’ve been doing this that we will not have any TML claims or cases against the town. I think it speaks that the folks that you have working for you do a great job at keeping things taken care of.”