With a virtual assurance that Morristown municipal government will be in the business of disinfecting for years to come, the Morristown City Council will use nearly $45,000 of its Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act allotment to stock up on electrostatic sprayers and disinfectant.
The CARES Act money will buy two heavy-duty wheeled sprayers for large spaces and 21 backpack models for vehicle and smaller spaces, along with enough sanitizer to keep them spraying for a long time. The CARES Act money, which is part of a $2.2 trillion economic-stimulus bill signed into law in March, will cover the entire cost.
Morristown still has more than $250,000 in CARES Act money on account, according Assistant City Administrator Joey Barnard.
In other business Tuesday, council members accepted the recommendations of Police Chief Roger Overholt to hire four entry-level patrol officers. The new officers are Hunter Owens, Christopher Cary, Logan Gilmer and Anthony Smith. The hirings will be contingent on them meeting pre-employment requirements.
Councilmembers also agreed to pay the state Tennessee Fire Marshal’s Office $66,515 to review plans for the new community center when they’re complete. The fee, which is based on the size of building, is not a discretionary expense. Currently the plans are 95 percent complete.
Renovations of the Shuck Shelter at Frank Lorino Park, mostly roof replacement, will cost $27,700. Councilmembers awarded the contract to Andrews and Hoskins Construction.
Councilmembers also approved a three-year extension to the lease for the city-county clinic, which is located in the Strate Insurance building on West Andrew Johnson Highway. The $1,650 monthly rent will remain unchanged.