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Mar 28, 2017

MPCC to offer hoop dance class

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer beginner hoop dance classes from 6-7 p.m. on Fridays starting April 7. Hoop dance is an aerobic workout using various dance techniques. Mary Beth Parker, a member of the American Dance Therapy Association, will be the instructor. Hoops will be provided.
Hoop dance is open to ages 16 and older and is $5 per class. Please register in person at MPCC on the first day of class.
For more information, please call (423)434-5749.

CONTACT:
Rachel Bowers, program coordinator
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-6224


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Mar 27, 2017

Volunteers needed to serve on JCDA board

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners soon will consider three appointments to the Johnson City Development Authority Board. Each appointee’s term is three years. This board is charged with promoting economic redevelopment, reinvestment with land uses, raising capital, generating revenue, and acting to promote the general health, safety, and welfare of Johnson City with an emphasis on downtown.

Applications are available at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St., and can be faxed or mailed by calling (423)434-6009. To complete an application online, please visit www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards. The deadline for submitting an application is Monday, May 1. Applications are kept on file for current year only.

For more information regarding the Johnson City Development Authority, please contact Dianna Cantler at 202-3510 or cantler@thewcedc.com. 

CONTACT:
Sheri Keenan, administrative coordinator
Administration
(423)434-6009


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Mar 27, 2017

Senior Services to offer Power Hour classes in April

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer Power Hour classes from 8:30-9:30 a.m. on Fridays in April for ages 50 and older. Participants will focus on building muscular strength and endurance. Exercises will be performed with weights and other resistance training equipment.
Cost is $2 per class. Participants may register in person at MPCC on the day of each class.
For more information, please call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:
Lauren Fowler, program coordinator
Senior Services 
(423)434-4852


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Mar 27, 2017

Friday Night Dance to feature Jerry Pierce on April 7

Citizens are invited to put on their dancing shoes and join Senior Services on April 7 for a Friday Night Dance featuring Jerry Pierce and the Nightlife Band.
The dance will be held at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., from 7-10 p.m. and is open to ages 50 and older. Admission is $5 per person; Silver Sneakers® discount is available for eligible members.
Please register in person at the MPCC Senior Services desk. For more information, call (423)434-6237.

CONTACT:
Deb Fogle, manager
Senior Services 
(423)434-6231


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Mar 27, 2017

TRAFFIC ADVISORIES for week of March 27

Public Works projects:
• University Parkway (from Southwest Avenue to Magnolia Avenue Extension) – conduit installation in median. Lane closures possible. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.
• East Holston Avenue (at Center Street) – traffic circle installation. Road closed at times. Detours in place. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.
• South Roan Street (between Buffalo and Water streets) – crosswalk installation starting March 22. Intersection completely closed for approximately two weeks. Detours will be in place. No through traffic. Motorists are urged to use caution in this area.

Water/Sewer projects:
• Circle Drive (Chinquapin) – water line replacement; lane closures
• Old Stage Road (between Old Gray Station Road and Interstate 26 overpass) – water line replacement; lane closures
• Orleans Street (300-400 block) – water line replacement; lane closures

All work is weather permitting.

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Mar 27, 2017

Volunteers needed to serve on Tree and Landscape Board

The Johnson City Board of Commissioners will be considering appointments to the Johnson City Tree and Landscape Board. Each appointee’s term is three years. This board advises the Board of Commissioners on the promotion and management of the urban forest and the overall appearance of Johnson City.

Potential appointees should be interested in community affairs and be a resident of Johnson City or Washington County. Applications are available at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St., and can be faxed or mailed by calling (423)434-6009. To complete an application online, please visit www.johnsoncitytn.org/boards. The deadline for submitting an application is Monday, May 1. Applications are kept on file for current year only.

For more information regarding the Tree and Landscape Board functions, please contact City Forester Pat Walding at (423)975-2681 or walding@johnsoncitytn.org. 

CONTACT:
Sheri Keenan, administrative coordinator
Administration
(423)434-6009



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Mar 24, 2017

Ellis promoted to Parks and Rec director

Johnson City City Manager Pete Peterson announced Friday that James Ellis, assistant director of Parks and Recreation, has been promoted to director effective immediately.
“James has been a dedicated employee for nearly 40 years,” Peterson said. “He’s a proven leader who has always gone above and beyond, and we are confident that he will continue to successfully lead the Parks and Recreation Department.”
Ellis joined the department in July 1978 and was promoted to recreation supervisor in 1980. Three years later he was named athletic director, a position he held until October 2011, when he was promoted to assistant director. Ellis has overseen department operations since former director Roger Blakeley left in December.
“I’m honored and grateful for this opportunity,” said Ellis, who was selected from a field of 147 applicants. “I’ve been blessed to be a part of this department for 39 years, which have been filled with tremendous growth and expansion. I look forward to taking the department to the next level of service.”
Ellis cited completion of existing projects such as the Rotary Park inclusive playground and splash pad and improvements to the Civitan Park soccer complex as priorities.
“We are also focused on the acquisition of additional sports fields not only for our citizens but as an economic development tool,” he said.
“James has decades of increasingly responsible experience and service in every aspect of parks and recreation operations, including programming, athletics, personnel administration, maintenance, and planning, as well as working with City management, the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, the Convention and Visitors Bureau, civic and citizen groups, and the general public to advance projects, programming and facility improvements,” said Assistant City Manager Charlie Stahl. “He has the knowledge and certainly the experience to be a successful department director.”

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Mar 24, 2017

Tree giveaway, Arbor Day observance scheduled for April 1

Citizens are invited to a tree giveaway on Saturday, April 1 at Metro-Kiwanis Park, 817 Guaranda Drive, from 9 a.m. until the supply of 2,500 seedlings run out. Seedlings will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and will include Dogwood, Red Maple, Sweetgum, Bald Cypress and Swamp White Oak varieties. A limited number of seedlings will be available per person.
Since 2010, the City has celebrated Arbor Day by distributing a total of 20,450 trees to the public. This Arbor Day marks the 17th consecutive year that Johnson City has been named a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation. To maintain the Tree City USA designation, the City must have an Arbor Day observance, a tree ordinance, a tree board, and meet the minimum funding requirements for tree maintenance and planting.
“By participating in the Tree City USA program, Johnson City is able to highlight its commitment to green infrastructure for the benefit of citizens and visitors alike,” said City Forester Patrick Walding. “The annual recognition helps draw attention to the fact that trees and other plants are an important part of our community.”

CONTACT:
Patrick Walding, city forester
Public Works – Street Division
(423)975-2681

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Mar 24, 2017

MPCC to offer Little Chefs cooking class

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer a four-week Little Chefs cooking class from 3:30-5 p.m. on Mondays beginning April 3. Little Chefs will give parents and children ages 6 and older an opportunity to learn basic cooking skills and kitchen safety. All cooking materials will be provided. 
Cost is $10 per child for all four classes. Please pre-register at MPCC by March 29.
For more information, please call (423)434-5749.

CONTACT:
Kelly Finney, center supervisor
Memorial Park Community Center
(423)434-5758 

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Mar 23, 2017

PUBLIC NOTICE: 2017-2018 Community Development Block Grant and Home Programs


NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS
CITY OF BRISTOL, TENNESSEE
2017-18 COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT & HOME PROGRAMS

AVISO DE AUDIENCIAS PÚBLICAS, CIUDAD DE BRISTOL, TENNESSEE
2017-18 PROGRAMA DE BLOQUE DE DESARROLLO DE LA COMUNIDAD Y PROGRAMA INICIAL

THIS NOTICE IS TO INFORM THE CITIZENS OF BRISTOL, TN & VA, BLUFF CITY, SULLIVAN COUNTY, WASHINGTON COUNTY, KINGSPORT AND JOHNSON CITY OF PUBLIC HEARINGS FOR BOTH THE CDBG AND HOME CONSORTIUM PROGRAMS’ 1-YEAR ACTION PLAN. THE 1ST PUBLIC HEARING WILL BE HELD AT THE MEMORIAL PARK COMMUNITY CENTER, 510 BERT STREET, JOHNSON CITY, TN ON MARCH 28, 2017, 6:00 PM. THE PUBLIC HEARING WILL PROVIDE CITIZENS AN OPPORTUNITY TO EXPRESS VIEWS REGARDING THE IDENTIFICATION OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT NEEDS WITHIN THE BOUNDARIES OF THE CONSORTIUM. A 30-DAY COMMENT PERIOD RUNS FROM MARCH 28 TO APRIL 27.

ACTIVITIES ADDRESSED BY THE CDBG PROGRAM MUST MEET AT LEAST ONE NATIONAL OBJECTIVE AS FOLLOWS:
A. PROVIDE BENEFIT TO LOW AND MODERATE INCOME FAMILIES
B. AID IN THE PREVENTION OR ELIMINATION OF SLUMS AND BLIGHT
C. ADDRESS OTHER COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT NEEDS HAVING A PARTICULAR URGENCY BECAUSE IT POSES A SERIOUS OR IMMEDIATE THREAT TO THE HEALTH OR WELFARE OF THE COMMUNITY AND WHERE THERE ARE NO OTHER FINANCIAL RESOURCES AVAILABLE.

THE HOME INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIPS PROGRAM IS AUTHORIZED TO STRENGTHEN PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS AND TO EXPAND THE SUPPLY OF DECENT, SAFE, SANITARY AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR VERY LOW-INCOME AND LOW-INCOME FAMILIES.

A SECOND PUBLIC HEARING ON THE ONE-YEAR ACTION PLAN WILL BE HELD AT THE MAY 2, 2017, BRISTOL, TN CITY COUNCIL MEETING WITH A PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD FROM APRIL 2 THRU MAY 2, 2017. DRAFT COPIES OF THE ACTION PLAN WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW AT THE BRISTOL, TN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT OFFICE, 104 8TH STREET. ADDITIONALLY, DRAFT COPIES WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE FIRST TN DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT, 3211 N. ROAN STREET, JOHNSON CITY, TN, THE BRISTOL, VA PLANNING & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT OFFICE, 300 LEE STREET, THE JOHNSON CITY HOUSING AUTHORITY, 901 PARDEE STREET AND AT THE CITY OF KINGSPORT, 225 WEST CENTER ST.

APPROXIMATE ALLOCATIONS FOR 2017-18 ARE:

BRISTOL, TN CDBG, $177,211
HOME CONSORTIUM, $843,989

CITIZENS ARE ASKED TO SUBMIT WRITTEN OR ORAL COMMENTS TO CHRISTINA BLEVINS, COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST, CITY OF BRISTOL TENNESSEE, 104 EIGHTH STREET, BRISTOL, TENNESSEE 37620 OR BY CALLING (423) 989-5521. PERSONS REQUIRING SPECIAL ASSISTANCE DUE TO MOBILITY IMPAIRMENTS OR INTERPRETATION MAY CONTACT MRS. BLEVINS. DEAF AND HEARING IMPAIRED INDIVIDUALS ARE DIRECTED TO USE THE CITY’S TTY (TDD) NUMBER (423) 989-5600.

A LOS CIUDADANOS SE PIDEN PRESENTAR COMENTARIOS ESCRITOS O ORALES A CHRISTINA BLEVINS, ESPECIALISTA DE DESARROLLO COMUNITARIO, CIUDAD DE BRISTOL TENNESSEE, 104 OCTAVA CALLE, BRISTOL, TENNESSEE 37620 O LLAMANDO (423) 989-5521. LAS PERSONAS QUE REQUIEREN ASISTENCIA ESPECIAL POR DAÑOS O INTERPRETACIÓN DE MOVILIDAD PUEDEN CONTACTAR A LA SRA. BLEVINS. LOS INDIVIDUOS SORDOS Y AUDITIVOS SON DIRIGIDOS A USAR EL NÚMERO DE TTY DE LA CIUDAD (TDD) (423) 989-5600.

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