City Council approves first step in annexing properties north of Lochmere

The Morristown City Council listens to a citizen during a public comment session.

The Morristown City Council met Tuesday evening where they approved a motion to annex two properties just north of the Lochmere Subdivision that has plans to be developed into housing for senior citizens.

Josh Cole, planner for the city, said the property met all necessary requirements and was suited for annexation.

“They’re requesting the parcel be zoned R3, which is our high density residential district, as they seek to utilize this for a mixture of senior independent and assisted living facilities which is permitted in the R3 district,” said Cole, a planner for the city. “The staff recommends approval for the annexation request.”

After approving the ordinance to annex the properties, pending a process that includes a public hearing date on November 2 public hearing date, the Council moved forward to handle city business.

The council also approved a measure to renew the mowing contract with Tennessee Turf Masters, LLC for a cost of $24,200.

A proposal to enter into a contract with Gale A Meeker Photography, LLC was approved that involves athletic team picture rights.

“We recently have stepped up the quality of this service for our athletic teams through the parks and rec program,” said Morristown City Administrator Tony Cox. “This vendor has done a very good job. There’s a minor increase in prices- we still think it’s worthwhile.”

The Morristown Regional Airport was approved for upgrades for its security system and gate access after having some issues with unauthorized access and theft on the property.

The upgrades are being paid for through an amendment of a grant that was already in place to provide needed improvements.

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