With Yale Locks & Hardware approaching its final days in
local operation, Lenoir City Council and Lenoir City Utilities Board postponed decisions Monday
evening to market the property for a future industry.
LCUB and Lenoir City Council postponed
the decision until City Attorney James Scott examines a groundwater easement between the utility and
The groups will revisit the consideration March 25.
effort is in collaboration with Yale Locks general manager Dick Krajewski.
"What we are
trying to do is get the Yale property on the market so somebody can buy it and bring hopefully
additional jobs back that we've lost," Krajewski said. "I live in this community, and I feel really
bad about the job loss that has occurred. We couldn't do anything about it here, but I realize how
important jobs are in this community. I want to bring back as many jobs as I possibly can for our
Yale’s parent company Assa Abloy announced plans last April to consolidate the
Lenoir City Yale operation into its Connecticut facility.
"We are losing the 230 jobs that
we had here in Lenoir City. We have a remediation project going on. ... The state has informed us if
we can get a release from the effective landholders that they won't put in a groundwater well that
we can stop the remediation project," Krajewski addressed LCUB about the consideration.
be able to put the property on the market it would certainly be a better situation to not have this
(remediation) project going and that's what we are here to ask," he said. "LCUB is one of the
effected land holders, so we are asking for a covenant that LCUB would not put a groundwater well on
In other business, council:
* Approved purchasing six in-car radios
for the Lenoir City Police Department for almost $19,000. Chief Don White said the purchase is part
of a series of installations to upgrade officers' equipment as the LCPD transitions to a new
"We moved into the new system last year. We had talked about adding
additional radios over time," White said. "We are in desperate need of in-car radios to give us
better coverage in some of the areas around the city."
* Heard from Councilman Mike Henline,
who issued a clarification statement from previous comments at the Jan. 28 council
"I said in the statement that I made, which was an error on my part, that we have
citizens that, how can we afford this type of citizens in our community, and a lot of people took
offense to that, and I can understand that. I apologize for saying that, but there is a type of
citizen that I guess I was talking about," Henline said, asking White to clarify.
have a private company that comes in from another state — and the statistics will show — they are
not going to care about our community like we care. When you have a large apartment complex come in
we did talk about the vouchers, we did talk about low income, but what I think what we were
referring to is the criminal element with a mismanaged complex," White said.
is with mismanagement we start to see the wrong group start showing up in some of these large
complexes, which creates a burden on the police department, fire department," he added. "We have
seen in the past that other apartment complexes, not only Lenoir City but in other communities, the
stats will show it is a high-call volume area if it's not managed correctly."
"But in no way
I meant to offend anyone in anyway," Henline added.