City Council meeting focuses on appreciation

By Bob Robinson


   One month to the day after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and The Pentagon, Elizabethton City Council's meeting last night focused on appreciation.
   Council adopted proclamations:
   * Supporting the annual sale of Buddy Poppies by the Veterans of Foreign Wars;
   * Declaring Oct. 15-19 as National Business Women's Week. Council members Nancy Alsup, Janie McKinney and Diane Morris accepted on behalf of the local Business and Professional Womens' organization; and,
   * Declaring Sunday, Oct. 11, as Michael Mains Day in the City of Elizabethton after Mains was named 2001 Executive of the Year by the Appalachian Baseball League.
   Vice mayor Sam Shipley, chairman of the Carter County Rescue Squad board of directors, presented Councilwoman Morris with a plaque in recognition of three years service on the board of directors of the rescue squad.
   In other action, council:
   * Approved bids and purchases, totaling $189,695;
   * Approved a change order, totaling $43,933, for additional paving in the $1.6 million West Mill Street improvement project.
   * Approved a resolution allowing the Elizabethton Golf Course to pay interest only on a principle loan amount of $178,571 until August 1, 2005.
   * Made the following appointments:
   Golf Course Board: Sam Barker, Jack Cole, Sam Hopson, Mike Matheson and Bill Tetrick to fill unexpired term of Bill Hampton, who resigned, to terms ending 2003; and,
   Personnel Advisory Board: Lindberg Estep, William Plumer, Sharon Shepherd and John Wagner, Sr. to terms ending 2003.