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Carrollton City Council | Nov. 11 meeting

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By Kristin Beck

Loss control/safety officer position a possibility

McMurry is in talks with Carrollton Utilities Manager Bill Osborne about hiring CU loss control/safety officer Tim Pearson to also cover the city. The mayor said the city paid $1,200 more in liability insurance because the city does not have a loss-control employee. Both Osborne and Pearson are in favor of the arrangement. McMurry said they still need to discuss what share of the expenses the city would pick up. “It’s something we definitely need,” he said.

Councilman Dwight Louden said he does not see a problem with the idea, but wants to see numbers showing how much it will cost. A proposal written by City Attorney Ed James will be ready to present at the next council meeting, Nov. 25.

Welcome sign may move in future

The city of Carrollton entrance sign on Hwy. 227 across from General Butler State Resort Park may be forced to move from its current location in a few years.

After attending meetings with officials from Jefferson Community and Technical College and the Carroll County Community Development Corporation, McMurry said there have been discussions about installing a stop light across from the park where the new college entrance will one day be because of the houses next door. Because of this, there is a possibility the entrance will be moved north toward town, where the welcome sign now sits.

McMurry said he spoke with Judge-Executive Harold “Shorty” Tomlinson about the new entrance sign being installed there and his concerns about having to move it. McMurry said Tomlinson told him that he would not do anything about the sign until a decision is made about the college.

“That could be years,” Councilwoman Ann Deatherage said.

Council decided to move forward with installing the new sign, but not to put in the adhesive. Councilman Robb Adams expressed concern about the sign coming off, but Public Works Supervisor Ronnie Knight said the posts on both sides go all the way through it and that it will not come off, barring tornadic activity.

McMurry said he is still waiting on encroachment permits to be approved so that work can begin.

Upcoming events

Nov. 23 – Another Reason To Be Thankful. Support local businesses by spending money in Carrollton. 

Dec. 7 – Christmas Carroll, presented by the Carrollton Main Street Program. The event begins downtown at 11 a.m. with vendors and music. The parade, including Santa Claus, kicks off at noon. Monetary prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place floats in the parade. Businesses, churches, civic groups, school groups, etc., are encouraged to enter. Prizes also will be awarded to the best decorated vehicle.

Dec. 19 – Shop With A Cop, starting at 4:30 p.m. Those interested in volunteering can contact the Carrollton Police Department and speak to Chief Mike Willhoite or Penny Maiden. Willhoite said they estimate the program will help about 80 children this year.