Council drops $73,000 tax lien against North American Polyester

By Bob Robinson

Star Staff

   Elizabethton City Council last night awarded contracts, totaling $1.9 million, on three related projects to improve water quality at its Big Springs Filtration Plant and dropped a $73,000 tax lien against North American Polyester for delinquent personal property taxes.
   Frizzell Construction Co., 1501 Bluff City Highway, Bristol, Tenn., was awarded contracts, totaling $1.6 million, for water plant improvements and filter media replacement at the Big Springs Filtration Plant.
   Mike Smith Pump Service, 3625 Highway 25E, of Bean Station, Tenn., was awarded a contract, totaling $337,980, for the Max Jett Road water line.
   Funds for the above projects will be paid from the State Revolving Loan fund in the amount of $2 million, Mayor Sam LaPorte said after the meeting.
   Council also voted to remove a $73,000 personal property tax lien against North American Polyester for delinquent taxes.
   City Attorney Roger Day told Council that the personal property was removed from the facility sometime between 1996 and 1997 and, as a result, the tax lien was no longer enforceable in a court of law.
   Attorney Day said the property owner had agreed to make full payment of $50,000 in delinquent real property taxes "if the personal property tax lien was removed."
   Mayor LaPorte asked Attorney Day if Carter County, which joined the City of Elizabethton in the tax suit, was in agreement. Day replied "Yes."
   Council also authorized Attorney Day to file suit in Chancery Court against property owners in the City of Elizabethton who refuse to comply with City Code Enforcement.
   Mayor LaPorte asked Attorney Day to "warn violators one last time" before taking them to court.
   In other action, Council:
   * Approved an amendment to the current budget, adding $161,000 in funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for flood-related projects.
   * Amended the contract with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, from $5.7 million to $3.3 million in lieu of a performance bond, for financial assurance in closure and post closure requirements related to the Carter County-Elizabethton Sanitary Landfill which was closed in 1999;
   * Amended the contract with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, from $61,910 to $59,772 in lieu of a performance bond, for financial assurance in closure and post closure requirements related to the City of Elizabethton's composting facility;
   * Authorized the State of Tennessee grant application for $5,000 for the Veterans Memorial Park project;
   * Awarded a bid for demolition, site grading and removal of debris from 700 Fifth Street, according to FEMA hazard mitigation guidelines;
   * Passed on first reading an ordinance to close portion of alley between Holston and Cedar Avenues recommended by the Elizabethton Planning Commission;
   * Approved Summers-Taylor invoice, totaling $7,749, for asphalt overlays at the Wastewater Treatment Plant;
   * Approved $28,520 for the support of the Carter County Health Department for the 2001-2002 fiscal year, representing a $5,000 increase over 2000-2001. During the same period, the state appropriation to the Carter County Health Department was decreased from $487,856 to $454,600;
   * Approved bids and purchases, totaling $54,310, including $8,800 for traffic signal emitters for the Elizabethton Fire Department to change traffic signals while responding to emergencies, and $14,100 for 200 tons of cold mix materials to patch potholes and street cuts; and,
   * Reappointed Michael Lingerfelt to the Golf Course Board for a one-year term.
   In addition to Mayor LaPorte, other council members attending last night's meeting were Sam Shipley, Pat "Red" Bowers, Janie McKinney, Diane Morris, Nancy Alsup and Richard Sammons.