The Gatlinburg City Commission held a workshop to work on the new budget Tuesday night.
The Commission discussed potential logistics needed to create a biking and hiking path through the Arts and Crafts Community. The proposed gravel path would wind from Fox and Parrot to Cashmere Lane. There is possible funding in the budget for this project if agreements can be made with property owners for easements.
A new workshop was scheduled for September 14th at 5p.m. for Commission members, Glades property owners, and the Glades Study Resource Group.
Other changes were made to the proposed budget at the request of Commission members. A $35,000 increase to the legislative fund for The Boys and Girls Club will raise the Commission’s contribution to $65,000.
Plans were also discussed to widen and improve Proffitt Road. This is considered a priority since Gatlinburg/Pittman High School, the Community Center, the new Boys and Girls Club, and the new Anne Porter Library will use this road. The road will be widen and a median will be added. If this project is completed in-house, it will cost approximately $180,000.
The tennis fund was increased by $4,000 for a new tennis machine. The recreation department is working on scheduling new tournaments including 2 United States Tennis Association sanctioned events. The recreation department also reported that Jim Mayfield’s summer youth clinics have been very successful.
The water budget is increased $52,000 for a water line extension on Laurel Road. The amount came from the Water Fund’s Fund Balance.
Repainting the outside of the American Legion Building, $1,200 was added from the existing funds. This will be an in-house project.
The Commission also heard from Randy Watson with G/P Booster Club. He requested funds to build an indoor baseball facility. The Club has raised $50,000 of the $100,000 needed through a private donor and fundraising events. They hope to be able to practice in the new building for the upcoming season.
The second reading and the public hearing for the budget will be on August 1 at 6p.m. at City Hall.