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Carrollton approves extended utilities contracts
, Courier Staff Writer
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 10:00 AM
The Carrollton City Council approved resolutions allowing Carrollton Utilities to enter into extended contracts for natural gas services with local businesses during a meeting Monday night.
One resolution allowed Carrollton Utilities to enter into a new contract with Gallatin Steel for natural gas services. The second resolution ratified existing contracts with Dow Corning, Certainteed, North American Stainless and Gallatin Steel for natural gas services until 2026.
Carrollton Utilities General Manager Bill Osborne said contracts had been year-to-year for several years before businesses agreed to a five-year contract. Businesses agreed to the extended contract because of a 10-year capacity deal from a natural gas supplier.
"It's a good thing for them, and it's a good thing for us," Osborne said.
Council members unanimously approved both resolutions during the meeting.
Also during the meeting, council members approved the first reading of an ordinance to amend the budget. Council members added $40,000 to the capital land purchases budget line. The city plans to use the money for the purchase of property next to the city's public works building on Sycamore Street.
In other business:
Council members discussed a contract with Justin Bessinger to oversee the implementation of the city's new logo on banners and other items.
Mayor Gene McMurry said Bessinger would make sure type fonts would work on the banner. Bessinger would also oversee quality control on other items that would have the logo design.
"I would like to have the option to have his expertise," McMurry said.
Some of the council members had questions as to what Bessinger's role would be when talking with businesses, or what else would be included with quality control.
"I don't have a problem with his price," council member Robb Adams said. "I don't have a problem with his work."
Council members agreed to table the issue until the next meeting.
Council members also discussed fireworks for the Fourth of July celebration at Point Park. McMurry said Freedom Fireworks - the company that provided last year's fireworks - would provide the same type of display for about $16,000. The display included a 45-minute fireworks show.
Council members agreed to check into other companies' prices before making a decision at an upcoming meeting.
Council members unanimously approved Enterprise Incentive Program funds for Murray's on Main Street.
The funds will help to purchase awnings and façade improvements totaling $5,886.80. The EIP funds will cover half of the cost, or $2,943.40.
Carrollton Code Enforcement Officer John Welch said the project would take about three weeks to complete, weather permitting.
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