Lewisburg honors firefighters

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

The Lewisburg City Council bookended the regular business at their Tuesday meeting by commending two of the city’s firefighters for saving a life and by receiving a resolution from the state, commending the city for a recent designation.

Lewisburg Fire Chief Larry Williams presented commendations to firefighters Thomas Bowman and Stephen Dalton for a lifesaving response to an emergency call. Their story follows the photo of the presentation.

At the close of the meeting, State Sen. Shane Reeves delivered a joint resolution on behalf of the General Assembly, noting the city’s ranking as the 14th most dynamic micropolitan city in the United States, as determined by a study commissioned by the Walton Family Foundation.

In the regular agenda, councilmen approved needed exterior repairs for city hall and the Columbia State campus building.

Estimates for each building are for approximately $26,000 of needed work, which in the case of city hall resulted from poor construction work when the building was built, according to City Manager Randall Dunn.

Funds for both projects can come from the city’s capital improvement bond issue, due to the number of years that the repairs will last, instead of the city’s current budget.

Savings in the rehabilitation of the main fire hall building also offsets the cost of these repairs, Dunn said.

Councilmen approved on second reading an ordinance adjusting hours for beer and liquor sales in the city to conform to the state guidelines.

They also approved a contract with a social media archiving company to comply with the state’s open records laws.

The measure, valued at less than $5,000 per year, generated questions at the work session the prior week, with some councilmen wondering if it wouldn’t be better for the city to forgo social media altogether to avoid the expense.

“It’s an insurance policy for the city,” said Councilman Jerry Gordon. “It’s a shame we have to do it, but I support it.”

Councilman Nicholas Tipper abstained from the otherwise unanimous vote.

Mayor Jim Bingham also announced that the city received word of a grant award from the Tennessee Department of Transportation that with cover 100 percent of the cost to install sidewalks on West Commerce Street.

The state will install sidewalks running from West Ellington Parkway to the Recreation Center entrance on the south side of the road and to Floyd Drive on the north side of the road.