Lewisburg looking to honor WWII vets

Friday, September 15, 2017

The Lewisburg City Council meeting on Tuesday covered a grab-bag of odds and ends, but included an issue they should have handled years ago, according to the mayor.

The Lewisburg City Council wants to honor Marshall County’s remaining World War II veterans at their next monthly meeting.

Any WWII veterans or their family members are asked to contact Lynda Potts with the Marshall County Historical Society at lpotts@vallnet.com or 931-359-4489.

“We should have done this three years ago,” said Lewisburg Mayor Jim Bingham, remarking on the dwindling number of veterans of the conflict still living.

Potts noted that the county has lost two more of the “greatest generation” in the last two weeks.

The council approved the purchase of a new fairway mower and sprayer for the Parks and Recreation Department, for use at the municipal golf course.

The new equipment is replacing machinery that has been in service for 16 and 40 years, respectively, and well past their 2,500 hours of projected use lifetimes.

Funds for the items were included as part of the city’s capital outlay note that the council approved this year in order to fund long-term capital requirements.

Director of Economic Development Greg Lowe updated the council on discussions held at the city’s Industrial Development Board the previous day.

The IDB is considering possible changes to the city’s PILOT program, which offers a graduated tax break for businesses investing in the city.

One critique of the program has been that it is too focused on new development and does not offer the same benefits to existing industries investing in equipment upgrades.

The IDB will reexamine the program to see if it can be redesigned to support the retention of existing business as well as the attraction of new business in the city.

Lowe also discussed the available site development grants from the state and the Tennessee Valley Authority and if the city wanted to apply for any funds during this round of applications.

The funds can be used to improve potential industrial sites, easing the recruitment of industry to the city.

The grants would require a 30 percent match from the city, but Lowe feels that additional site preparation in the I-65 Commerce Park could improve the city’s chance at landing another tenant for the park.

Aldermen approved a resolution honoring Westvue Church of Christ on Mooresville Highway on the occasion of their 50th anniversary.