The East Ridge City Council approved a change order in the ongoing renovations at Camp Jordan Park during its Thursday night meeting.
The scope of work to one of the new buildings _ an additional concession stand will be added to a new bathroom _ requires additional electrical and plumbing work. The cost of the work is $56,000.
The council approved permanently closing two of three sections of the RV park at Camp Jordan. The areas that are closed will continue to be available for parking campers but without electricity and water utilities.
A loan of $1.5 million was approved by the council in conjunction with multi-modal improvements to Ringgold Road. The money will be used to purchase rights-of-way along the commercial corridor.
The council authorized the application for TDOT’s Tennessee Highway Safety Office Grant. If received, this 100 percent grant would provide $27,500 to pay for overtime for the police department and would buy two radar units and e-readers.
The council made appointments to the city’s zoning appeals board. They will have staggering term lengths. The new board members are Steve Leach, Steve Porter, Mac Bentley, Mickey Spence and Jane Sharp.
The council approved waiving fees for the Vietnam Veterans Chapter 203 to use the large picnic pavilion for their annual picnic on May 4 and for The Church of God of Union assembly for their free community Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 20, from noon until 4:30 p.m.
The council voted to donate $500 to East Ridge Elementary School for their teacher appreciation luncheon.
March 28, 2019 was proclaimed American Legion Day to honor the contributions the organization has made. Representatives from The William E. Blair Post 95 were on hand to accept the honor. The post was established in East Ridge in 1952.
Hamilton County Commission Tim Boyd assured those gathered at the council meeting and the rest of the citizens of East Ridge that the idea of reactivating the city’s mothballed sewage treatment is a non-starter.
Boyd said that the original site of the proposed WWTA sewage treatment plant on Mahan Gap Road was the best location to serve the developing northern end of the county.
Mayor Brian Williams said that the city “stands united” in its opposition to a sewage treatment plant in East Ridge.