CARTA board endorses grant for industrial park

CARTA board endorses grant for industrial park

August 23rd, 2009 by Cliff Hightower and Matt Wilson in Politics Regional

The CARTA board of directors endorsed a grant proposal to the U.S. Department of Transportation on Thursday that could bring in millions of dollars to the Enterprise South industrial park.

Tom Dugan, executive director of the Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority, said the county is taking the lead on the grant.

"It's all focused on making the area around the VW plant better," he said.

CARTA's portion of the grant is about $3.2 million, Mr. Dugan said. It includes new buses and ride-and-share parking lots at the new Volkswagen plant to provide public transit for employees.

Mr. Dugan said the county is also asking for money for rail improvements.

THE RECYCLING RAP

Frank DePinto, a local recycling advocate, sent out "rap-song lyrics" last week to the media in anticipation of the city's biweekly recycling program that starts Labor Day.

The lyrics, credited to Tee-Bone Deedie, are as follows:

"Every other week is the talk of the land/If Chattanooga can't do it/No city can.

"The earth is threatened by the 'Carbon Man'/Curbside recycling can put him/In the can.

"Let's save our paper, cardboard and cans/Put them on the curb for/The 'Collection Man.'

"Then bring it to the 'Grove for/Sorting and selling and profits galore/No more landfill do we need/With curbside recycling in the lead.

"Yo, bro and sister too/We can make a difference with our recycling tools."

evatt gets another bust

Hamilton County commissioners voted 8-0 Wednesday to approve putting a bust of former Sheriff H.Q. Evatt in the lobby of the Hamilton County Justice Building.

"I think this is a fitting honor for him, and I certainly appreciate this being done," Sheriff Jim Hammond said.

Sheriff Hammond pointed out that Mr. Evatt was the longest-serving sheriff in Hamilton County history at 22 years.

The bust was commissioned by Mr. Evatt's family. Hamilton County Mayor Claude Ramsey said no county money was being spent on it.

Mr. Evatt died in May 2008.

firefighters awarded grant

The Dallas Bay Volunteer Fire Department announced Friday that it would receive a $68,000 grant from the federal Department of Homeland Security.

The funds will be used for new equipment, according to a news release.

The release stated that the department has received grants totaling $500,000 in the past four years.

WANTED: TIRE DUMPERS

During the City Council's Legal and Legislative Committee on Tuesday, council members talked about how to combat illegal tire dumping within the city.

City officials told the council that last year the city spent $4,000 on tire disposal. Councilwoman Deborah Scott asked if there could possibly be a reward of $100 posted for anyone who reports someone dumping tires.

"That's more money than they get dumping them," said Councilman Peter Murphy, chairman of the committee.

Steve Leach, the city's Public Works administrator, immediately said there could be a profit for those dumping the tires and collecting city money.

"They could just turn themselves in," he said.

county fair deadlines coming

Farmers, artists and other exhibitors who want to peddle their wares or show off their skills only have a few weeks to get in on the action at the Hamilton County Fair, according to a news release.

The fair is set for Sept. 26-27, but food and commercial vendors must register by Aug. 28.

Anyone who wants to enter a home or agricultural exhibit has until Sept. 11 to get in. The deadline to enter the flower show is Sept. 14.

For more information, go to www.hamiltontn.gov or call 423-209-6030.