The Walden Board of Mayor and Aldermen held its monthly meeting on July 11. The first item of business was the resignation of Vice Mayor Thomas R. Peterson. Alderman Peterson recently completed the construction of his new home in Hixson and has resigned because his new residence is not in Walden.
Sara McKenzie will replace Mr. Peterson. Alderman McKenzie retired from Regions Bank where she was a senior vice president. Ms. McKenzie is a member of the St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church and a member of the Junior League. She previously served as president of the Chattanooga Cotton Ball and holds an MBA from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
Alderman Lee Davis was named vice mayor.
Mayor Bill Trohanis gave the police report. There was one traffic citation, one arrest and five business alarms.
Andrew Fisher from WRES reported 12 calls, one auto accident, six medical calls, one downed tree and one downed wire. The Hamilton County architect should complete the drawings for the new WRES headquarters in two to three months.
Representing McCoy Farm & Gardens, Frank Robbins spoke about the increased bookings for wedding and special events. The lower level of the Carriage House has been renovated, and the Lions’ blacksmith shop re-creation was a big hit at the Memorial Day Picnic.
Bachman Community Center will participate in the World’s Largest Yard Sale, August 3-5, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Donations of lawn equipment, small furniture and antiques are appreciated, as are volunteers to work the Bachman booth during the sale. The Bachman Council extended appreciation to Eagle Scout Jack Johnson for renovating the playground.
Kim Fookes, representing the “Stay with HCDE” group, spoke about committee’s recent trip to Shelby County to learn how it started its municipal schools. She explained that a group has been formed to oppose creating a separate school district. The group has a website, www.staywithhcde.com, to present its positions.
The second reading of proposed ordinance No. 2017-318 passed. The ordinance amends the town’s zoning ordinance to create a special permit for building footprints greater than 5,000 square feet in the C-1 general commercial zone.
Ordinance No. 2017-319, a budget and tax levy for fiscal year ending June 30, 2018, passed on first reading. The new assessment was received from Marty Haynes, assessor of property for Hamilton County, and the options are either to keep the same tax rate or increase it. It was estimated that the town of Walden will lose $300,000 in revenue from the Hall Tax change.
The next meeting of the Walden Board of Mayor and Aldermen is Tuesday, August 8, at 6:30 p.m. at the Walden Town Hall.