Surgoinsville takes first step to creating town fitness center

Jeff Bobo • Mar 10, 2009 at 12:00 AM

SURGOINSVILLE — The Surgoinsville Board of Mayor and Aldermen finalized the membership of a committee Monday that will work toward creating a new public fitness center for town residents.

During Monday’s BMA meeting, Mayor Johnny Greer appointed the fifth and final member to the Fitness Committee. Penny Hall joins Aldermen Marc Borghetti and Joe McLain and citizen members Brad and Jennifer Jarnagin.

McLain reported to the board Monday on a meeting he had last week with the Rural Health Consortium, which has offered to provide diabetes training and diet programs when the fitness center is established.

The Fitness Committee is now charged with the task of finding a location for the fitness center and acquiring equipment.

Regular meeting times for the committee have yet to be established, but Greer said the public is encouraged to participate and offer input in the project.

The first meeting of the Fitness Committee will be announced publicly when it is scheduled.

In other business from Monday’s BMA meeting the board:

•Set the town’s annual cleanup date for Saturday, April 4. Greer is asking anyone interested in participating to call City Hall ahead of time at 345-2213 to give him an idea how many people will be participating.

The goal is to pick up trash along the worst streets, depending on how many people sign up. Volunteers will be asked to meet at City Hall April 4 at 9 a.m., where they will receive garbage bags and be assigned an area. Homeowners are also encouraged to use that date to clean up their own property and the roadway around their property, Greer said.

•Heard a report from Alderman Bobby Jarnagin that this summer’s monthly Downtown Surgoinsville Cruise-In events will begin on April 3 and continue through October on the first Friday of each month.

The events begin at 6 p.m. and include car shows, music, door prizes, food and “cruising.” Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. For more information call 345-2946.

•Approved the first reading of an ordinance opting out of continuing education requirements for members of the Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals. Greer noted that such training is intended for full-time paid planning commissions and isn’t relevant to smaller volunteer commissions. The town’s planning advisers from the First Tennessee Development District advised the town to opt out of the training requirements.

•Heard a report from Greer that an organizational meeting for the scheduled “Doc Conner Lyons Day” has been set for March 18 at 11 a.m. at City Hall. The town plans to honor its late longtime physician and first mayor with a special event, most likely a community breakfast, because that was Lyons’ favorite meal.

Greer noted, however, that the event won’t be held around Lyons’ birthday in May this year as originally planned because Lyons’ family members will have scheduling conflicts. This year it will be held in June on a date to be announced later, and it will be held in May from then on.

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