New Sparta patrolman is administered oath of office

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Sparta mayor Jerry Lowery issued the oath of office to Sparta Police patrolman William Hutchison before the Board of Mayor and Aldermen worked through a short agenda during their Sept. 15 meeting.

Hutchison joined Sparta Police Department as part of a series of moves that took place with the retirement of  Lt. Travis Barker, which resulted in internal promotions that left vacancies in the patrolman ranks. In addition to Hutchison, Chief of Police Doug Goff asked the board, which unanimously agreed, to approve the solicitation for one more patrolman.

Also on the agenda was the approval of soliciting bids for a new HVAC system at Sparta Civic Center. Public works director Dillard Quick told the board the existing system is over 20 years old and has been repaired as much as it can. The purchase of a new unit is a budgeted item and will utilize ARPA funds.

In addition to a new HVAC unit, the board approved the solicitation of bids to replace the roof on the civic center, with Quick telling them the current roof is over 24 years old. Like the HVAC unit, the roof replacement is also a budgeted item and will also utilize ARPA funds.

The board also accepted the Proposed Service Agreement for support services from Chris Mitchell Management Consultants. The Service Agreement will supply required consultants for Sparta Electric Department and comes at a cost of $21,000 for the 2022-2023 fiscal year.

A parade permit for principal Greg Wilson and White County High School was approved for the annual homecoming parade, which is scheduled for 6 p.m., Oct. 6.

In other business, Lowery presented a list of members to be appointed to the Historic Zoning Commission, and the board approved the entire list: Kim Wood (resident in district), John Rippeberger (business owner in district), Troy Smith (historian and TTU professor), Macey Gurley (business owner in district), Suzanne Dickerson (White County resident), John Farris (member of planning commission), and Travis McBride (member of Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen).

“I am very pleased and honored to have been invited to serve in this capacity,” Troy Smith, who was present at the meeting, said. “I think we have such a rich historical heritage here in Sparta that we need to be very cognizant of preserving and protecting and promoting,”

Under new business, city administrator Brad Hennessee told the board a resident had requested the name of a city street be changed. According to Hennessee, the resident owned property on Sewer Plant Road and was requesting the name of the street be changed to Heirloom Road. While the board agreed there would be no harm in changing the name of the road, no official action was taken.

The next Sparta Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting is 5 p.m., Oct. 6, at Sparta City Hall.      

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