Article by W. Clay Crook-
The Joint Economic Community Development Council for Henderson County met at the Lexington Utilities Operations Center on Monday, August 23, 2021. Lexington Mayor Jeff Griggs, House Manager Melissa Gilbert, City Manager of Parkers Crossroads Steve McDaniel, Sardis Deputy Mayor Richard Holland, Scotts Hill Mayor Kenny Parrish and Scotts Hill City Manager Clayton Armstrong. Steve Wilkinson, representing Greenbelt, as well as Cody Wood, Lexington’s CFO were also in attendance.
Jennie Keel and Travis Martin of TLM Associates of Jackson addressed the council, discussing the request for a comprehensive park master plan. TDEC has moved forward with making a comprehensive park master plan a requirement for grant eligibility. The plan has mandatory elements and Travis distributed a few examples for Perry County and one for a joint venture between Ripley and Halls. Demographics, ADA compliance, land acquisition assessments, five-year budgets, and capital improvement costs are all part of the master plan.
Each town would have a plan, and that would be incorporated into a county plan. The next round of TDEC park grants is in the spring of 2023, so there is still time for each of the entities to develop their plans. Plans can be completed in the range of $ 40,000.00, and the costs can be divided by the population for each of the areas.
Cody Wood discussed the process of opening a checking account and signatures for the board of directors and adding a vice president and secretary treasurer, while Mayor Griggs delivered the resolutions signature. Mayor Griggs has been confirmed as president, Henderson County Mayor Eddie Bray elected vice-president and Steve Wilkinson elected secretary-treasurer. The board approved the motion to go ahead with a checking account and the resolution for signatures.
Council also approved a resolution for a site development grant for the Timberlake Industrial Park. Mayor Griggs said Lexington has been very fortunate over the years to receive grants for the Timberlake Industrial Park which have significantly improved the site, but which is currently in a…
For the full article, see August 25e edition of Lexington’s Progress.