After approval of the minutes of the January session, Mayor Bill Fultz proclaimed the fourth Monday in March to be celebrated as Arbor Day in the city.
The mayor also reported that Harrogate City Park has begun to prepare for spring. In addition to tree trimming and brush removal already underway, plans for the installation of new playground equipment has been set.
“As soon as the weather dries up a little bit, we’ll get that playground equipment in place,” Fultz announced.
Plans for the proposed White Lightning Festival event, scheduled for June 26th, are still being discussed and some final decisions are likely to be made at the next meeting. Options for the festival include an antique tractor pull, classic car cruise, and live music.
Mayor Fultz reported plans to begin some minor street repairs soon, aimed at fixing pot holes around the city and commended road workers for keeping the winter roads safe.
“Our road department, our employees that do it, have done a good job keeping salt spread and the road plowed,” Fultz said.
Fire Chief Benjamin Brown reported that pediatric keys have been received for the previously acquired automated defibrillators, making the department equipped to provide safe rescue services to adults and children of Harrogate. Brown also reported that the department assisted a Life Star helicopter landing during snowy weather.
The second reading of Zoning Ordinance No. 78, amending the sign requirements of Harrogate to accommodate the installation of digital signs within the city, was unanimously approved.
The council also approved the treasury report with an amended budget to compensate for overspending on certain line items.
Lorie Settles is a correspondent for the Middlesboro Daily News. Contact her via e-mail at email@example.com.