City Board Passes Resolution Supporting Memphis Regional Megasite
BROWNSVILLE, Tennessee (June 10, 2014) — Brownsville Mayor Jo Matherne called them a red flag to the Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development and the state building board– resolutions adopted recently by the Fayette County Commission questioning state officials about Megasite utilities running through the neighboring county.
Matherne says the Fayette County resolutions caused a freeze on projects by the state building commission, and a show of support from governments around West Tennessee is needed to get things back on track. “Because of some miscommunication or lack of communication, they felt they were not getting adequate information on the electricity running through Fayette County to the Megasite,” said Matherne.
The Fayette County Commission reversed those resolutions this week, but the ripples of their action have caused a plea for support for the Megasite from local governments around West Tennessee.
Alderman John Simmons, who works for Southwest Tennessee Electricity says the Brownsville-based utility provider initially offered to provide electricity for the Megasite, but was told by the state that TVA would manage that power supply.
“I am totally for the Megasite,” said Simmons, “I am against the way the state has come to a halt on the development of it.” Mayor Matherne echoed his comments, noting that the state does seem to work in “starts and fits” on the Memphis Regional Megasite.
The Brownsville City Board voted unanimously to approve the resolution, which assures the state that Brownsville is committed to doing whatever it takes to bring businesses to the 3,800 acre plot of land in western Haywood County.
In other news, the board approved several large purchases: $28,000 for the acquisition of 25 tasers for the Police Department and $44,000 for two work trucks for Public Works. Both expenses replace obsolete equipment–the two trucks currently in operation for Public Works have been in use since the early 1990s.
The Mayor’s Report indicated that four prospects are interested in industrial facilities in Brownsville. Those companies could bring tens of millions of dollars in investment and hundreds of jobs, according to Mayor Matherne. Her office is currently working to bring all four in for site visits. As of now, only one is confirmed for a visit. No names have been released yet.