By Lorcan McCormick
Special to The Enterprise
The first half of the Dresden Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting held Monday evening was dominated by the tributes and commemoration to the Dresden elementary school and middle school’s athletic achievements. Mayor Mark Maddox signed a proclamation, preceded by the following remarks, “whereas the Dresden Elementary School cross country team is a recreational sports team dedicated to running and overall health, whereas Dresden Lions Cross Country has accomplished great endeavors this season, have had members qualify in enter the Knoxville youth and athletics track and field state championships in Memphis, TN. Whereas the Dresden Elementary School JV Girl’s place second, Dresden Elementary School Varsity Girl’s Place third and Dresden Elementary School Boy’s team place ninth, I Mark Maddox with the power vested in me as the Mayor of Dresden, Tennessee hereby proclaim Saturday, October 28, 2023, as Dresden Cross Country Day in the city of Dresden.”
This was immediately followed by a second proclamation made in honor of Dresden athletic achievements.
“Whereas the Dresden Middle School Cross Country team is a recreational sports team dedicated to running and overall health, and whereas the Dresden Middle School Cross Country has accomplished great endeavors this season to have members qualify in Knoxville youth and athletics track and field state championships in Memphis, TN. Whereas Dresden Middle School JV Girl’s place fifth, Dresden Middle School Varsity Girl’s place fifth and Dresden Middle School Boy’s place sixteenth I therefore proclaim Saturday Oct 28 as Dresden Lions Cross Country Day in the city of Dresden.”
People spilled out of the McWherter Civic Building shortly after the proclamations, leaving a sparer room for the more commonplace items the Board was tasked with handling. Minutes were approved swiftly, leading into discussions mostly pertaining to municipal infrastructure. An item of note that was not related to infrastructure was from Police Chief Bryan Chandler, who requested the authority to sell unused and or superfluous police equipment that had been piling up in the offices. Chief Chandler was granted his request by the Board. Alderman Anderson lightly pressed Public Works regarding a pothole on Morrow Street. The mayor additionally noted a pothole that is residing near the now-reopened Vaughan Brothers Hardware Store.
A bid was approved for a paving project on Linden Street. Ford Construction won out of three respondents: Martin Paving Co, Union City Paving and Ford Construction. The Martin Paving Co. bid was $253,950, Union City Paving at $231,027 and Ford Construction came in at $158,394. There was also a resolution passed which took unused budget funds from the Farmers Market item to Public Works to pay for a leaf-machine operator.
The City Board of Mayor and Aldermen for Dresden will meet again on Dec. 4 to discuss the city’s business.