James Bennett, executive vice president/CEO of
Calhoun Banks, and Chris Myers of Overton and Associates have presented
a proposal for building a new bank where the current Grantsville
municipal parking lot is located.
At the town council meeting on Monday, Dec. 6,
Bennett said he wants to build a new bank due to issues with the current
bank setup. Having a separate drive-thru and ATM causes security issues.
Also, the drive-thru is located in the flood plain,
and, with the main bank situated between buildings, it poses a fire
hazard should a fire begin anywhere on the block.
Calhoun Banks has branches located in other
counties, but Grantsville is the main office. Bennett said that the bank
could operate the main office out of any branch.
“With today’s technology, we don’t really have to
be in Grantsville. We want to be in Grantsville, and that’s why we are
desperately trying to find a piece of ground to accommodate our needs,”
Bennett wishes to purchase the property from the
Myers presented building plans for the new bank.
After completion, Bennett plans to donate the current bank to the town,
so another business could have the opportunity to open.
After the presentation, mayor Gary Knight suggested
the possibility of leasing the property to the bank, rather than
The council felt there were many issues left to
discuss and tabled the issue until more information can be gathered to
make an informed decision for the community.
In other council business, Knight, who reported
that the sewer project is completed, said, “The sewer project was a
major success for the community. It was a very large grant that involved
a lot of time and a lot of effort (from) a lot of people, and all of
that came to fruition in an efficient manner.”
Knight, who is in contact with Nick Woods, engineer
on the water project, said updates will be available as work on the
project is completed.
During the citizens’ open forum, Katheryn L. Kerby
mentioned that she called to get street lamps fixed in Grantsville. She
also brought to the council's attention that dogs are running loose in
Knight suggested finding out who the dogs belong to
and citing them.
Kerby also asked the council, on behalf of Joann
Stump, to have something done about the junk cars parked behind her
Robert Marks complained of a leak near the water
meter at his home. Knight said he will send someone to assess the
Sandi Marshall asked Knight if the council could be
open up to business-people to make ordinances for businesses.
Knight informed Marshall that in order for a person
to be on the council, they are required to live in the municipality.
Therefore, unless the business-person lives in Grantsville, they may not
be on town council.
Recorder Helen Johnson asked for a motion for the
annual employee one-time pay raise: $250 to full time employees, $100 to
part-time, and $50 to new part-time employees. The motion passed
Johnson also asked the council for a motion to
approve the date for the release of the excess levy on Feb. 8, 2011. It
also passed unanimously.
Under old business, the second readings of the
following ordinances were presented: no insurance, proof of insurance,
false information to municipal officers, and officer assistance.
The no insurance and proof of insurance ordinances
The false information to municipal officers
ordinance passed with a vote of 4-1. Council members Katheryn Kerby,
Connie Toppings, Loretta Stevens and Dorothy McCauley voted in favor,
with Helen Jordan opposed.
The officer assistance ordinance, with an amendment
that the maximum fine be moved from $50 to $200, also passed 4-1, with
the same split in votes.
McCauley requested that drug testing be implemented
for all town workers. A policy is currently in place, and Knight plans
to enforce it.
The first reading of the “revised riders in cargo
area of trucks” was presented. The ordinance states that it is unlawful
for anyone to drive a truck in excess speed or in a reckless manner with
passengers in the cargo area of the truck. Offenders may be charged with
a misdemeanor and a fine. The motion passed with a vote of 4-0. Kerby,
Stevens, Toppings, and McCauley voted in favor, and Jordan abstained.
The following Grantsville Police Dept. law
enforcement report was given for November: 33 calls for service, 131
citizen contacts, 3 criminal investigations, 3 traffic crash
investigations, 36 warnings for traffic stops, 12 citations for traffic
violations, 3 arrests (leaving the scene of an accident, forgery, and
uttering), and 2 DUI patrols.
Chief Jeff Starcher reported that the Police Dept.
received a Gold Award for 2010 traffic safety from AAA. This is the
third consecutive year that the department has received an award, and
the second gold.
Starcher presented commendation awards to officers
Rob Bradley and Joey Garrett for their service to the Town of
Knight said that Judge John Lowther is certified to
hear cases. The first case was scheduled to be presented on Dec. 15.
After a motion to pay the bills, the meeting
adjourned at 8:55 p.m. The next meeting is Monday, Jan. 3, at 7 p.m.