Franklin Pool complex may get new pavilion

By Thomas Wilson

   Elizabethton City Council will consider whether to apply for a grant to fund construction of a picnic pavilion at the Franklin Pool complex at tonight's council meeting.
   The city is seeking the grant application through the Recreation Resources Division of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation to secure $50,000 to construct a picnic pavilion at Franklin Pool. A funding match of 50 percent - or $50,000 - is required by the city if the grant is approved.
   Presently several open air picnic tables are located both inside the fenced Franklin Pool complex and outside the complex. City director of planning and development, David Ornduff said the city does not expect to know if the grant application has been approved until July.
   The Franklin Pool season schedule typically opens to the public during Memorial Day Weekend in May and extends through the Labor Day holiday. If the grant is approved, the city could then advertise a request for proposal to solicit bids for the project.
   "It would likely be late summer or early fall before we could get started," said Ornduff.
   In other business, the council will consider on second reading and public hearing a request to rezone 208 Parkway Boulevard from R-1 residential to B-2 arterial business. The ordinance was passed on first reading in March.
   Also on the agenda is a resolution calling for a special municipal election to fill the balance of the four-year term of the late Diane Morris who died in February 2003. The council appointed interim Councilman Bill Carter to fill Morris' seat in March 2003. The municipal election will be placed on the Aug. 5 county general election ballot.
   The candidate elected will serve a two-year term until the city election in November 2006. Carter and Judy Donley have filed candidacy papers seeking the office.