The Erwin Mayor and Alderman’s Council voted to commit $100,000 of their American Rescue Plan Act funding to partner with the Unicoi County School System to build new tennis courts.
The system originally asked for $325,000 for the project, but some board members felt uncomfortable committing that amount. The city currently has $708,040 of the ARPA money it received.
“I would just like to reiterate my concerns about several things that we’ve been trying to do and have been talking about for several years in our city that we haven’t yet provided that kind of support,” Vice Mayor Mark said. Lafevre.
Mayor Glenn White said school board members told him that without committing the full amount, the school system could not move forward with the project.
“I was told that if they couldn’t get the $325,000, they couldn’t do the project,” White said.
Lafever offered to commit $100,000 to building the tennis courts. The motion was seconded by Alderman Gary Chandler and passed 5-1, with White voting no.
“$100,000 won’t help them,” White said.
Also during the meeting, the council approved a series of road closures for upcoming events throughout the year. The Unicoi County Chamber of Commerce has called for downtown road closures for the Achin’ for Bacon 5k run on June 25, the Unicoi County Apple Festival starting October 6, the Parade of Town of Erwin Christmas on November 26 and the 19th Annual Erwin Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 2. The council voted to approve the closures unanimously.
The next Erwin BMA meeting will be February 28 at 5:30 p.m. at Erwin Town Hall.
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