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Electric Departmentapproves InclusionPark donation

GETTING NEW LIGHTS – Carroll County Electric Department Board approved to donate funds to help pay for poles for lighting around Carroll County Inclusion Park.

The Carroll County Electric Board approved a donation and gave General Manager Ryan Drewry authority to approve bids in relation to the Silicon Ranch partnership.

Attorney Laura Keeton sat in the seat once occupied by her father, the late Robert T. Keeton, Jr. She now serves as the department’s legal counsel.

Carroll County Electric Board approved a $2,205 donation today, to help fund poles for lighting around Carroll County Inclusion Park.

The donation is eligible for a one to one match through TVA Community Care Fund, effectively doubling the donation to $4,410.

Electric Department General Manager Drewry, said when the opportunity arose to help the Inclusion Park find and purchase the poles, “we jumped on it immediately.”

Electric Department Board Chair, Lori Nolen said of the park, “It’s a wonderful project.”

Before the board voted to delegate authority to Drewry to accept bids in relation to Silicon Ranch, he explained the reasoning behind the request.

“This is for the urgency of the projects. These bids can come in, and the timing between receiving the bids and board meetings will delay orders that much longer and extend the timeline of finishing the project.”

As part of the agreement with Silicon Ranch, the Electric department received funding for a number of upgrades to the electric system, which should begin in May.

Their next meeting will take place May 30.

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