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Harris Park improvements postponed until after July 4
Karen House
April 20, 2018, 10:55 a.m.

April 20, 2018 – The City of Dunlap is postponing construction of a water park and farmer's market pavilion at Harris Park until after the Fourth of July, according to Mayor Dwain Land.

According to a sign posted at the park, construction was to be done in 2017. When asked about the delay, following Thursday night's monthly commission meeting, Mayor Land said the contractors had estimated completion of the project about the same time as the annual Independence Day festivities at the park, and so he asked them to wait to begin until after July 4.

In anticipation of Dunlap's other big annual event, the City Commission approved closure of several downtown streets the weekend of May 4-6 to accommodate the Valley Fest celebration.

Roads that will be blocked to traffic 5 p.m. Friday-7 p.m. Sunday (CDT) are:

  • Pine Street, from Rankin to Wagner.
  • Cherry Street, from Rankin to Wagner.
  • Wagner Lane, from Pine to Cherry.

On Saturday, May 5, Pine Street also will be closed from Rankin to Walnut, 6 a.m.-2 p.m., to accommodate the car show.

Jan Johnson addressed the City Commission on behalf of the Library Board, to express their appreciation for the city's support of the Sequatchie County Public Library.

I just want to tell you how much the Library Board, the library staff, and the patrons of the library appreciate the support of the city,” he said.

Also present at the meeting was Head Librarian Betty Worley, who is the longest serving librarian in the state of Tennessee. She is in her 57th year at the Sequatchie County Library.

Commissioners recognized the Dunlap Police Department's most recent achievement, as they were honored with the Pro Patria Award by the ESGR (Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve), and were named as a finalist in the running for the Secretary of Defense Freedom Award.

Friday we went up to that banquet in Murfreesboro,” Police Chief Clint Huth told the commission. “There were five (semi-finalists) from Tennessee. We were named a finalist for the Freedom Award. There are a total of 30 employers across the nation nominated for that. We're the only one from Tennessee.”

The banquet hall was full of military brass, he said, and they were all asked to wear their uniform. When Huth was awarded the honor for his department, he pointed out that the reason Detective Robert Raber, who accompanied him to the banquet, was not in uniform was because his house burned down while he was serving in the U.S. Virgin Islands with the Army National Guard.

As soon as the banquet was over,” he said, “a man came running up with a ledger, saying, 'What size do you need?'”

Harris Park improvements -- including new restrooms, a farmer's market pavilion, and a water park for children -- was originally slated for 2017 construction, as posted on this sign at the park.

These awards recognize employers, large and small, who go the extra mile to accommodate employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserves.

Jan Johnson thanked the City Commission for support of the Sequatchie County Public Library.

In other business, the Dunlap City Commission:

  • Appointed Danny Wallace to the County Equalization Board, which oversees taxation and investigates appeals from taxpayers.
  • Approved a zoning request on third and final reading, changing 6 acres on Pine Street (near the Valley Fest property) from R-1 to R-2 residential.
  • Heard Police Chief Huth report his department handled 335 calls in March, with 100 arrests / citations.
  • Heard Dunlap Fire Chief Norman Hatfield report on the last two months, with 11 alarms in February and 15 alarms in March.

The Dunlap City Commission meets the third Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. CDT, in the upstairs commission chambers at the Wagner Municipal Building, Rankin Avenue, Dunlap. Meetings are open to the public.