Putting a clamp on water leaks is behind the application for a state grant to replace lines within Wartrace city limits.
The board of mayor and aldermen is seeking a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) from the state Department of Economic and Community Development due to the continuing high water loss.
Town officials are expecting specialists to arrive this week and help locate where the loss is occurring. The town has replaced a number of lines over the past several years, but is still experiencing leaks that Wartrace workers have been unable to find.
The line replacement is also geared to improve the quality of the water to Wartrace. The survey process for the application will get underway soon.
A water line extension project for Red Hill Road was also reported to be completed, and water lines on Spring and High streets are to be examined in the spring when weather permits. The Red Hill extension was paid for with a $169,750 CDBG awarded in late 2011.
Barnett Payne was sworn in by new town judge Patrick Parnell Monday evening. Payne was elected to serve the town in November, and was the only ballot candidate in a race for three seats.
A reception is to be held Thursday night at town hall beginning at 6:30 for outgoing aldermen Jean Gallagher, Thomas Hurt and Ralston Floyd, who have served the town for many years.
New aldermen Sonia Miller and Vickie Smith will be sworn in at the February meeting after being nominated and elected by the board Monday.
The board passed an ordinance on first reading which would levy a litigation tax to help pay for court and police related expenses. In 1981, the state of Tennessee imposed the tax, but the town had not imposed one at that time.
Effective the month after its final reading, a fee of $13.75 will be added to tickets and citations issued, so the town won't have to take the funds out of Wartrace's coffers to pay the state.
A new town-wide zoning map was also approved by the board, with a public hearing set for February.