Present at the Jan. 30 Pegram Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting are (from left), City Attorney Martha Brooke Perry, Town Clerk Cindy Beirnes, Alderman Pat Anderson, Alderman Bob Sanders, Mayor Charles Morehead and Vice-Mayor Bill Herbert. RANDY MOOMAW

The Pegram Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted 4-0 at its January meeting to purchase a new public address system for the stage at Pegram Park.

The stage is used for special events like Christmas in the Park and the town’s Fourth of July celebration. The board approved a purchase price of no more than $3,000.

Pegram resident Rankine Roth, a businessman and a musician, said that he has been looking into sound equipment speakers for the stage.

“Monitors are also needed for those onstage so they can hear themselves,” said Roth, adding that speakers, new mic cables and a mixer board are also needed. 

Roth said that proper storage for the equipment is a key part of care and longevity for usage of the new equipment.

The board also voted 4-0 on first reading to change the monthly meeting day from the last Thursday of the month to the last Monday. Alderman Michael Paszek was absent.

“The last Monday of the month has the least number of conflicts,” Vice-Mayor Bill Herbert said.  

A public hearing is set for the next monthly meeting which will take place at 7 p.m. on Feb. 27 when the board will have its second and final vote.

In other business, the board also unanimously approved the donation of a pole from Steve Roberts to support a camera at the intersection of Lakeview and Highway 70. 

The board also voted 4-0 to accept a bid of $2,500 from Sessions Paving to address water runoff issues at the home located at 4543 Hannah Ford Rd. to stop flooding of the property.

“It’s right before Marshall Woodard Road,” Mayor Charles Morehead, “When it rains, the water comes off the hill and has not only washed the asphalt driveway away but also goes down under his house. There will be curbing placed to go along the street to catch the water.”

Morehead also noted that the speed humps will be put in place around March 1 to avoid having to deal with winter weather.

Beer Board meeting

John Albamont requested a permit for Rutledge West, a performance and event venue located at 5011 Walkup Rd. in Pegram.

“I would like to have a beer permit to provide options for special music events and weddings,” he said. “There wouldn’t be a bar or signage, and it would all be low-key.”

The Pegram Church of Christ is located at 5019 Walkup Rd. and is close to the 300 feet from door to door requirement for distance between a church and a business with a beer permit.

“Everything seems to be in order,” city attorney Martha Brooke Perry said. “It does not appear to violate any of our location restrictions in our ordinance.”

The beer permit was approved 4-0.  

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