First on the agenda was Servant’s Heart Baptist Church with their application for a cemetery on the grounds of the church. Debbie Shaw presented a report from the Cherokee County Health Department on a soil data report obtained by the church cemetery committee for this piece of property to be used as a cemetery.
The church had formed a committee to maintain and to keep the property neat and clean.
Shaw commented, “We will not neglect the property and will take full responsibility to make sure it is well kept. We will promote and ask you to reverence the cemetery for future generations.”
The Council approved the request.
Barbara Wedding addressed the Council concerning the clear cutting of trees along the causeway and said she had a petition signed by 300 citizens of Cedar Bluff opposed to clear cutting.
She stated to the Council that over 90 percent of the people did not even know of the resolution of clear cutting the causeway. Wedding and two others of the community went door to door with the petition making it clearly known to all as to what was going to be done to the trees.
According to Wedding, the petition will be sent to the Governor for him to see the great concern by the citizens.
Some want all the trees cut; some want none of them cut; some want selective cutting of the trees.
Mayor Sprouse explained that the resolution recently passed by Council was to reserve the money that is available from the state to do the work.
The definite scope of the work is still to be determined.
In other business, Donald Abernathy addressed the Council concerning purchase of the old water treatment plant.
The Mayor said this item will be discussed by the Council to see about ownership and will be addressed at a future meeting.
The Fire Department report was accepted and the Police Department report was delayed until the next meeting because they are moving into their new facilities.
A Certificate of Election Resolution was read and approved for Tammy Crane as Council Member for District 2 and Leatha Harp as Council Member for District 5.
These were the only ones who qualified for these respective seats. Their responsibilities will begin on November 5, 2012.
Mayor Sprouse introduced the new Building Inspector, Alfred Chumbler, who is a licensed builder and certified Home Inspector.
The Cedar Bluff Planning Commission recommended the Council’s codes regarding cell phone towers be maintained since it covers all facets of the building and maintenance of the towers.
The pubic outcry and response to the cutting of the causeway is still lingering with the citizens of Cedar Bluff.
Where some see it as beneficial to be able to see the beauty of Weiss Lake, others cry out for the beauty of the cedar and redbud trees.
So it still remains whether the lake will be clearly seen while driving through Cedar Bluff or just catch glances of it through the budding trees. As the old saying goes….this story is to be continued.