Grundy County Mayor Michael Brady spoke via what has become frequent Facebook Live updates. Brady started with COVID statistics for the county and how the county fared compared to surrounding counties. The Mayor continued to encourage residents to participate in the 2020 Census. Brady also reminded residents about Early Voting going on until August 1. Brady also offered an update on the bridge repairs taking place and the new timeline for lane closures.
Whereas the data changes daily, Grundy’s positive case count has remained relatively steady only adding a moderate number of new diagnoses while nearby Marion and Sequatchie seem to be outpacing other comparable counties. Brady emphasized the number of recovered persons played an important. Of the 85 cases Brady spoke of in the county, 62 of those were considered to be recovered. Brady said, “I don’t tell you these numbers to scare you but to just let you know that COVID-19 is still very much with us in this area.”
Brady continued to encourage citizens to be sure to participate in the 2020 Census. Previously, Brady had explained that there is some funding that comes through the state and federal departments that base how much funding comes to the area, at least in part, based on the numbers of people counted in the Census. The Census Bureau will be reaching out to some it believes have not responded via email starting soon. Though it hopes to keep it to a minimum, there is a chance that some that have already participated may be contacted inadvertently.
Brady encouraged citizens to participate in Early Voting which will finish up Thursday, July 29 between 11:00 am and 7:00 pm and Friday, July 30 9 am to 4 pm. Early Voting takes place at the Armory Building in Monteagle and the Scruggs Municipal Building in Altamont. August 6, all precincts will be open. Voters are encouraged to be swift about getting in and voting and getting out to allow for space for those that haven’t had the opportunity to vote yet.
Brady also updated residents on the repair of the Highway 108 bridge. “TDOT will have that cut down to one lane starting August 3,” Brady continued, “After that, the first part of September, they will close [the bridge] down for seven days and then we will have the detour we have for local traffic.” Brady reiterated for larger commercial traffic to use the TDOT detour would be confined to state roads that would more readily be able to handle the larger and heavier commercial traffic.
Brady also made mention of “some paving” that would be taking place in Beersheba Springs Mountain. Brady indicated that there was optimism that there was a permanent fix on the horizon to keep the road from succumbing to erosion and other ailments. Brady said that TDOT will be at Grundy Lakes doing construction this week to hopefully fix the road. Brady made reference to TDOT temporary red lights in Pelham have been moved out, but Brady hoped that the state had enough data to substantiate a permanent red light.
Brady announced that the county had a budget that was expected to be voted on August 4. Brady pointed out that the new budget had no new tax revenue increase.