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BMA ties up its lose ends, hires school architect

By LISA WHALEY

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For a small town battling a pandemic, Jonesborough remains solid, according to town officials at Monday night’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen.

“I think we’re financially holding ourselves together. It’s good to see,” Mayor Chuck Vest remarked following the town’s financial reports. “I think our sales tax collection for the month of April came through very strong. We’ve had some great momentum, I guess you would say, going into that and I’m hopeful that momentum that we had continues.”

But there still remains a lot of work to do, according to Vest and the board members. The board spent the rest of the May 11 BMA meeting working its way through a 14-item consent agenda and 14-plus item regular agenda, which included securing details on the new school architect, the official naming of Jonesborough’s latest park, and a welcome for Glenn Rosenoff to his first meeting. Rosenoff will be taking the place of Bob Browning, who is set to retire from his post as town administrator.

One crucial item Vest stressed was the ongoing work to get the town ready to open up more fully.

“I’ve been talking with Craig Ford and our new Town Administrator Glenn Rosenoff,” Vest said. “They have been working together on a couple of important projects. One is just getting our town facilities up and ready to go where they can operate safely for our staff and also for our residents. I think we are getting close to 100 percent but still have some safety things to install this week. We should see some things moving back to normal toward the end of the week, first of next week at the latest.” 

In other key news, board members approved:

• A contract with Ken Ross Architects to design the Jonesborough K-8 school, with design costs capped at 1.5 million

• The official naming of the new park by the Jonesborough Senior Center as “Lincoln Park.” “I like naming things after presidents,” Vest said. 

• The purchase of two new trucks for Solid Waste and Water/Sewer Department, and the lease of a new Heil/Peterbilt 2020 side loader garbage truck.

• The annexation of 13.8 acres of property along Anderson Road

• Designation of the connector road on Smith Lane as the “Smith Lane Connector.”

• A memorandum of understanding for a left-turn lane for a new Jonesborough Wine & Spirits off of 11E.