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Watertown council readies for October’s Mile-Long Yard Sale

Jared Felkins • Updated Sep 21, 2017 at 9:00 AM

The Watertown City Council focused some attention on the upcoming Mile-Long Yard Sale, which will be Oct. 7 throughout the city. 

Jim Amero, owner of Jim’s Antiques on the Watertown Square and yard sale director, said the event is fast approaching and wanted to seek clarification on some items with the council. 

“It’s three weeks away,” Amero said. “The weekend before that will be the train robbery, so be prepared for that.”

Later on in the meeting, the council returned its attention to the yard sale to consider whether to allow golf carts to be driven on the streets during the event. Amero said golf carts were allowed during previous yard sales. 

“We don’t have anything on the books on it,” Mayor Mike Jennings said. 

After Jennings suggested golf carts should be allowed sparingly, the council agreed. 

In other business, Wilson County and Watertown planning director Tom Brashear discussed the city’s annual flood report. The report is submitted each year to the Federal Emergency Management Agency as part of the national flood insurance program’s community rating system for the city’s recertification. The council accepted Brashear’s report, which included no new building permits issued within a floodplain and no new elevation certificates. 

Watertown Volunteer Fire Chief John Jewell addressed the council with the initial plan to increase membership within the department from 25 to 30 volunteers. Jennings asked Jewell whether he had enough equipment for five new firefighters, and Jewell said, “We are in desperate need of turn-out gear, even without the extra five firefighters.”

The council approved Jewell’s request, and Jennings said he’d see whether there was funds available in the city budget to buy equipment for the department. 

Jewell also told the council he wants a training facility for firefighters in Watertown. He said it could be built with grant money or by the department itself, and he would keep the council updated on future developments. 

Jennings announced the city recently secured a grant writer who planned to submit a proposal to the Tennessee Department of Transportation for 80 percent of the funding to build a train depot. Jennings said more information would be released at future council meetings. 

The council will meet Oct. 17 at 6 p.m. at the Watertown Community Center.

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