$10K transferred by commission for tourism building ‘mold remediation’

Mold remediation in the county tourism building was the big topic at Monday night’s meeting of the Anderson County Commission, which gave $10,000 for the work.

From the minutes of the March 1 Tourism Council meeting, commissioners learned of a report on the mold condition at the log building that houses the Tourism Council, with recommendations to alleviate the problem.

Recommendations included repairs to the roof, replacing damaged ceiling tiles, use of filtration devices, use of a dehumidifier, vacuuming of mold and installation of containment barriers.

As a result the commission voted to transfer funds that had been set aside for rental payments for temporary quarters for the Tourism Council to another fund to pay for mold remediation. Commissioners also learned that the Tourism Council voted to ask the executive director to explore options for relocating the council.

This new location would need to have at a minimum three or four office spaces, a conference room, storage, a lobby and restrooms.

In other business Monday night:

• As recommended by the Operations Committee, commissioners asked for a written statement from the county law director as to why the roads in Ben’s Mobile Home Park were not county roads, and a written statement from the road superintendent as to what it would take to bring them up to county standards.

Commissioner Tracy Wandell, who made the original recommendation to the Operations Committee, told commissioners that there are 75 houses in the trailer park that are paying taxes and that at the next meeting he intended to bring photographs of the potholes in the roads at the trailer park.

• Commissioners appointed Wandell to the Fire Commission to replace Commissioner Shain Vowell, who recently resigned.

• At the request of Anderson County Mayor Terry Frank, commissioners voted to confirm Steve Poppick to the Solid Waste Disposal Board with a term to expire in September 2026.

Frank noted that Poppick was nominated because of his expertise in the area of recycling.

• Also at the mayor’s recommendation, commissioners voted to execute a grant contract with the Tennessee Department of Health for renovation of the Health Department building.

• From the minutes of the Animal Care Advisory Committee, the commission learned that the committee, at its last meeting, voted to form a voluntary liaison position to transport dogs and cats to other rescue facilities. Commissioners also received an update on the activities of the committee. Several positions have been filled, but there is a vacant position for a fulltime animal control officer.

• Commissioners passed two rezoning resolutions. Property at 1994 Lake City Highway, Clinton was rezoned from A-2 (Rural-Residential District) to C-1 (General Commercial District) to allow for a used car lot. Property at 808 Sulfur Springs Road, Clinton was rezoned from R-1 (Suburban-Residential District) to A-2 (Rural Residential District) to allow Marlow Volunteer Fire Department to build a fire station there.

• Commissioners also voted to authorize a restricted youth turkey hunt April 8 and a veteran turkey hunt May 20 on at the former Blockhouse Valley Landfill. site.