From Mayor Olen Parker

The Newbern Downtown Safe Room is now fully underway. Soil test have been completed, and the final Floor Plan is being developed in conjunction with the Dyer County 911 Board.

The Newbern Elementary School Safe Room is completed and we are planning a dedication in April.

We were successful in obtaining the Canadian National Bloom America Grant to provide blooming plants and trees from the York Street Crossing to the Jefferson Street Crossing. Bids were taken on the plantings and exceeded the bid amount. We are getting ready to rebid the project.

We making progress on the Automated Meter Reading System. A Request for Proposals is being developed and hope to issue soon.

Just a reminder, the online bill payment is completed. A payment app is available for users of Android and iPhones. You can download from the city website.

Newbern’s Levelized Utility Billing Program has been implemented. You can contact City Hall for more information related to this billing process. This is not equalized billing, but a process where utility cost are averaged each month over the prior 12 month period. This allows a more even revenue flow for the consumer.

We are moving forward with the Downtown enhancement grant. We are still awaiting TDOT to approve the Railroad Crossing Markings and Signage. Once this is done we should receive a notice to proceed.

We re-applied for the multi-modal grant in November. We have cleared the first hurdle and our application is in Nashville. Newbern is one of twenty applications statewide under consideration. It will be early summer before we are notified if Newbern was successful.

As most of you know, we have obtained a new facility for the library and are approved to proceed with the grant assist in the cost deferral. As you are aware, the board approved TMM as the architectural firm for the project tonight.

TDOT has approved an Amtrak Day Train Study through the Tennessee Section of the Route. Illinois is already running a day train between Chicago and Carbondale. The study is currently in progress

We would like to remember those who have passed from our community since our last meeting.

  • Martha Coleman
  • Walter Hicks
  • Jim Ferguson
  • Billy Evans
  • Jimmy Ables
  • Martha Anderson
  • Stacy Harris
  • Cherrye Thomason
  • Faye Davis
  • Elvis Fortner
  • Cathy Weaver
  • Carolyn Thompson
  • Larry Dunaway