Angela Myers of BFI "Republic" sanitation company addresses the City Commission.
25, 2019 – In a 1 1/2-hour meeting Thursday, the city of Dunlap went through a long agenda, which included possibly allowing outdoor beer sales, participating in a pilot program for energy-efficient insulation, a $10 million downtown improvement project, and possibly stopping the recycle program.
The city is reconsidering its recycle program
after hearing from representatives of two different waste disposal
companies at a lengthy monthly meeting May 23.
has fell in favor the last four or five years, especially the
single-stream recycling,” Angela Myers told commissioners. Myers
represented BFI “Republic” waste management, which has had the
waste and recycling contract with the city of Dunlap for several
China has quit buying America's recyclables, it has become less
cost-effective for sanitation companies to handle recycling. There
is also the issue of contaminated recycling.
got seven different types of plastic, and if those are mixed, that's
contaminated,” Sean M. Sims, owner of Priority Waste Services said.
is coming to be a thing of the past,” he said. “Essentially, in
the future you're going to start paying. It's all too contaminated.
It just ain't gonna work. If the recyclers reject it, it is going to
and Priority were the two sanitation companies that submitted a bid
for the contract with the city of Dunlap, and the City
Commission voted to accept the low bid for garbage pick-up from
Priority, which was $9.92 per container. The commission decided to
hold a special called meeting at 6 p. m. next Thursday, May 30, to
decide whether to continue the recycling program.
Dunlap City Commission also heard from Warren Nevad of TREEDC, who
proposed that the city follow up on its solar project last year with
another energy upgrade that would involve installing some
new-technology insulation panels above the ceiling tiles in
TREEDC is a nonprofit organization that promotes energy efficiency, and
Nevad was speaking on behalf of a company that recently developed a
new technology for conserving heat in the winter and cool air in the
an internal energy efficiency pilot program,” he said, “with
substance contained in the panels absorbs energy when temperatures
climb and then when the temperatures cool they change in density,
releasing the heat back into the buildings.
The green recycle bins may become a thing of the past, if the Dunlap recycling program is discontinued.
estimated that the improvements could save the city 20-30 percent in
HVAC cost. By leasing the technology from the company that developed
it, and paying on a monthly basis, Nevad calculated that the energy
savings would pay the lease and return a profit to the city in lower
some discussion, commissioners voted to give the company access to
past city utility bills and city buildings – to measure the space
required – and return a proposal to the city, but “not to
obligate” the city in any way at this point.
the vote was cast, Mayor Dwain Land abstained due to conflict of
interest, because he is the president of TREEDC. Commissioner Judy
Layne was absent, so that left three commissioners, and Comm. Bryan
Harmon voted “no.”
brief consultation with the city's attorney confirmed that a simple
majority of commissioners voting was all that was required.
City Commission considered a request for outdoor sale of beer at the
Cycle Sequatchie bicycling event to launch from Dunlap Oct. 5.
Although the city's beer ordinance forbids outdoor sale of alcoholic
beverages, the Cycle Sequatchie website already advertises the
availability of beer for the event.
Comm. Bryan Harmon said the city "might be opening a Pandora's box" by relaxing the beer ordinance.
Chief Clint Huth pointed out to commissioners that the last amendment
to the city's beer ordinance was made in the late eighties and, in
his opinion, it needed to be updated, whether they chose to approve
outdoor sales or not.
Jeff Harmon suggested the board review the beer ordinance at the
special called meeting next Thursday, and commissioners agreed.
city also voted to apply for a nearly-$10 million federal grant
through the BUILD program (Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage
Development), with the design contract to go to Farmer-Morgan if the
city is awarded the grant.
city of Dunlap has applied for this very competitive grant several times before, but never made the final cut.
Allen Jones expressed appreciation for all the pro-bono work
Farmer-Morgan has put in to pursuing this grant, but also expressed
reservations about giving the firm the contract without considering
am a little hesitant to automatically award design,” Jones said.
you are hesitant to approve us,” Benjamin Farmer said, “we would
be strongly hesitant to move forward with the application process.
We have several thousand dollars in it, in labor, already.”
$9.156 million grant through the U.S. Department of Transportation
which would pay for upgrade of the downtown area, including
sidewalks, bike lanes, lighting improvements, and storm drains, would
require a local match of $1.017 million.
has worked on several past city projects, including the Coops Creek
greenway, and on most projects has been paid 15-20 percent of the
cost of the project for their services.
other business, the Dunlap City Commission:
a public hearing for Ordinance #269 – Cell Tower Ordinance, and
there being no public input, the commission approved the new
ordinance on third and final reading.
up a new bank account to handle bond proceeds.
a change order by Angel Construction for an industrial pump station,
amending the contract upward by $900.
a change order for CDBG – Rye Engineering contract, which is a
water loss project covered by a 2018 grant and involves no increase
in cost to the city.
a Memorandum of Understanding to provide natural gas for maintenance
of the Eternal Flame at the Veterans Memorial Park.
a contract with the South East Tennessee Development district for
Norman Hatfield as city recorder and treasurer.
first reading of Ord. #270 – Ordinance to rezone property on Wagner
Lane/Pine Street (the Valley Fest property) from R-1 residential to
an audit contract with Johnson, Murphey, and Wright.
two water line extensions – One on Church Street next to First
Baptist Church and another on Tram Trail.
a $567 one-time water bill adjustment.
Police Chief Huth report 308 calls in April, with 157
Fire Chief Norman Hatfield report 16 alarms in April, including two
structure fires, two car fires, one traffic accident, and some brush
votes, except the one noted, were unanimous. The next meeting of the
Dunlap City Commission is scheduled for Thursday, May 30, at 6 p.m.
The commission meets at City Hall, and all meetings are open to the