The purpose of the meeting was to approve a grant resolution to purchase a new fire truck. The grant, awarded by Gov. Bill Haslam in October, will allow the town to acquire a new pumper-tanker for the Newbern Fire Department.
The resolution authorizes the city to submit an application to the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development for the Small Cities Block Grant Program for Fiscal Year 2012. The grant provides $300,000 in funds, with a match of $30,420 of matching funds required by the city.
Newbern Mayor Olen Parker asked City Recorder Jason Roberts and Vice Mayor John Flatt, a former Dyer County Commissioner, to clarify where the matching funds would come from. Both Roberts and Flatt confirmed that the Dyer County government has agreed to reimburse the city for the $30,420 required to match the grant.
Alderman Kris Smith moved to approve the resolution with Daniel Watson adding a second. The motion passed, unanimously, by roll call vote. Robert Hart was absent from the meeting.
The truck is expected to arrive in late September or early October.
The meeting adjourned in less than five minutes, with Parker requesting aldermen tour the basement of the building for a 'mental picture' of an issue that will come before the board at a later time.