MIDDLESBORO — Mayor Bill Kelley announced that a lien will be removed from the McDonald’s property along 25E in Middlesboro. In 1983, bonds were issued for the Village Square Shopping Center which included the expansion of Krogers and bringing in McDonald’s.
Those bonds were paid off in the late part of 2010. Because McDonald’s is about to do some remodeling, an attorney discovered that a lien remains on the property. The city attorney will look into the situation.
“That’s a normal thing. Usually (a lien) is never found until someone is trying to move it and then another attorney will find it,” said Kelley.
Mayor Kelley stated that they now need to release the lien so that McDonald’s can do another good project. The McDonald’s project has nothing to do with bonding of any kind.
In other business, the council opened bids for blacktop (per ton laid). A municipal road aid hearing will be held in the upcoming weeks to determine which roads need work.
Two bids that were submitted. Willis Paving Incorporated proposed a price of $70.93 for asphalt laid in place per ton, and Hinkle Contracting proposed a price of $68.15 for asphalt per ton.
After a short discussion, the council decided to accept Hinkle Contracting’s proposal. Reasons given for choosing Hinkle’s were the price and the quality of work that Hinkle has done for the city in the past.
The mayor also asked permission from the council to negotiate a FOB price from both companies. The FOB price is the cost for the city to come and pick up material at the plant. FOB pricing is not something that someone normally bids. Kelley said that this was needed in case the city needs help with patch work on the roads. The council approved the mayor’s request.
Councilman Gary Mills, chairman of the street committee, announced that the committee will have a meeting on June 12 at 6:30 to discuss these matters.
Councilman Kevin Barnett discussed the 4th of July Celebration briefly at the meeting. The celebration will be held on the 4th as is tradition. It was also announced that the council is still accepting donations for the event. Anyone interested in assisting with the event can contact Barnett.
Barnett also mentioned that the pool will open on Memorial Day weekend. He also announced that Parks and Recreations Committee will hold a meeting on June 12 following the street committee meeting.
During the community development portion of the meeting, Casey Thomas announced to the council that four new businesses have come to downtown Middlesboro since January. Those businesses include Fabulous Photography, Treasure Trove, 106.3 - The Big One, and Wagging Tails.
Thomas also announced a couple of upcoming events in the next few weeks. The official Bell County March of Dimes walk will be held on May 20th. Registration will be at 1:00 p.m. and the walk will begin at 2:00 p.m.
Thunder in the Crater will take place on June 8th and 9th.
In the reports, the Middlesboro Police Department answered 1,001 calls in the month of April. There was one robbery charge, 53 theft related charges, and several other charges during the month of April.
The Middlesboro Fire Department had a total of 11 calls from both stations, and a total of 338 EMS runs in April.
During the audience participation portion of the meeting, Brain O’Brien stated that he was planning a town hall meeting on the third week in June. The event will give a chance for citizens to have a civil discussion with their elected officials.