Church Hill plans new projects for 2022 | News
By TESSA WORLEY
CHURCH HILL — The city has several projects underway over the next year.
A major project the city has been working on for some time is the new Holston Mills Recreation Facility, which will include a new sports complex that will be used for parks and recreational activities.
Last month, the council of burgomaster and aldermen voted to change the scope of the city grant because progress on the facility had not reached what city leaders had proposed. The city plans to build an initial type of development on the property.
The city also voted in January to opt out of the joint parks and recreation commission with Surgoinsville and Mount Carmel within a year. However, Church Hill officials said children from the other two towns will be able to participate in Church Hill recreational activities at the same rate as children who reside there.
According to Church Hill Mayor Dennis Deal, the city also plans to spend about $1.7 million to upgrade sewer systems.
Deal also said the city is working to attract new business.
The city also added a wading pool in 2020 but couldn’t open it due to COVID until last year. Deal said the city plans to add a recycling tank to the property, which would save between $12,000 and $16,000 in water expenses.
Deal said the city’s finances are “in great shape, which is what we want.”
The city also has a new Certified Municipal Finance Officer (CMFO) who will start this month.