CHURCH HILL — The Board of Mayor and Aldermen opened its May meeting last Tuesday by welcoming a new member of the police department, who also holds the distinction of being the first full-time female officer in the 62-year history of the city.
Katherine Metcalf began working full time at the Church Hill Police Department on May 12, filling a vacancy created by the departure of nine-year department veteran Ethan Calhoun.
Metcalf started working at the CHPD part time in February. She previously worked at the Kingsport Police Department.
“That's a great thing,” Mayor Dennis Deal said. “She’s a good officer, and we’re very very fortunate to get her.”
CHPD Chief Chad Mosley noted that like all able city employees, Metcalf will also serve as a firefighter.
“So far she’s fitting in great with the department,” Mosley said. “I’m more than confident that she can handle the demands and do a good job for us.”
Metcalf told the BMA, “I’m very excited for the opportunity to work here. I really appreciate it, and I’ll do my best and do a good job for the city.”
State road grant application
In other business, the BMA agreed to apply for a $177,395 grant for road projects, repairs and upgrades.
The grant is offered by the Governor’s Local Government Support Grant and requires no matching funds. City Recorder Josh Russell said the application was submitted Wednesday, and he hopes to know if it’s been accepted by early summer.
The list of roads that wold be repaired if the grant is approved hasn’t yet been determined.
Highway 11-W zoning change
The BMA approved the first reading of an ordinance rezoning an eight-acre parcel on the south side of Highway 11-W from B-4 (shopping center) to B-3 (arterial business).
The property is located across the highway from where the Church Hill Shopping Center is located.
Reopening city facilities
Deal reported that the municipal fitness center on Richmond Street has reopened to pre-COVID-19 hours, but the Senior Center remains closed pending restriction updates from the state.
The Church Hill Public Library, which shares a building with the fitness center and Senior Center, is tentatively scheduled to reopen on June 1.