(Editor's Note: The following article appeared in Thursday's Times-Gazette. Portions of the article were accidentally left out; the version below has been corrected. We apologize for this error.)
The town of Bell Buckle will be relying on Webb School's early warning system once again in case of bad weather.
During Tuesday's meeting of the board of mayor and aldermen, it was reported that the town's siren is malfunctioning and a discussion followed on whether to fix the system, which was described as "ancient," or to buy a new one.
Instead, the board decided to speak to officials at Webb School about using their system, which can be heard clearly across the town. They will also consult with county emergency management director Scott Johnson to see if "piggy backing" on the Webb siren will work.
This isn't the first time the town has discussed the use of the siren with the school. In the fall of 2011, identical talks took place about coordinating emergency notification efforts with Webb.
The school agreed at the time not to use the siren when it conducts routine drills in order not to confuse nearby residents, with board members saying that overuse of the sirens in non-emergency situations could lead people to ignore them.
Following a public hearing, the town board passed an ordinance amending Bell Buckle's standards for signs and "other advertising structures." An amendment was added that would allow roof signs, with the exception of the historic downtown zone.
Other changes eliminated the word "discretionary" and replaced it with "one per store front," and the size of the letters in the signs or font height will not exceed ten inches.
A resolution was passed to submit an application for a Community Development Block Grant in the amount of $180,000 to replace "really old" sewer lines on Main Street. The application would be sent to the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development.
The total cost of the project is $200,000 and the local balance of $20,000 would be provided by funds from the town's water account. Bell Buckle has made the request each year in an effort to rehabilitate the aging system.
Bell Buckle's historical committee reported that they are currently working on a demolition ordinance, which will be ready for discussion at a future meeting. Neither the chamber of commerce or parks and recreation committee made any report to the board.
The community was invited to attend the Bell Buckle Fire Department annual Chili Cook-Off, set for Jan. 26 at 6 p.m. in the fire hall. Folks are encouraged to bring their favorite chili and enter the contest, or just come and enjoy the fun and fellowship.
Also, a benefit meal and auction for breast cancer patient Debby Snell is set for Saturday at the Cascade High School cafeteria. Barbecue plates are being supplied by the Bell Buckle Café, which will be available for purchase from 4:30- 6 p.m., with an auction beginning at 6 p.m..
Donations for the auction can also be brought to Bell Buckle's town hall, with monetary donations sent to P.O. Box 276, Bell Buckle, TN 37020. For more information about the benefit, call 389-9513, (678) 662-3425 or (931) 212-0327.