Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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September 14, 2010

City, county animal shelter on city agenda

Will the city of Crossville enter into an agreement once again with Cumberland County for housing stray animals picked up in the city after changes made by the Humane Society?

This subject and others will come before the Crossville City Council during their regular meeting tonight getting under way at 6 p.m. at Crossville City Hall. The council will meet as as the audit committee starting at 5:30 p.m.

The city has had a long term relationship with the Cumberland County Humane Society to house stray animals and others picked up by the city, but earlier this year the Humane Society refused to accept animals from the city animal control officer. The city was informed that the Humane Society had become a no-kill shelter and at that time the shelter was full so they were unable to take anymore animals due to lack of room.

This action caught the city off guard as they had no other place to take animals. After contacting the county operated animal shelter, the city began taking animals there at a per animal charge on a temporary basis. With the changes at the Humane Society the city is working on forming a partnership with the county to operate a shelter that meets the needs of both the city and county.

Previously the Humane Society operated a shelter for both the city and the county but after funding issues with the county the Humane Society pulled out of the operation and worked only with the city. Recent economic issues created more problems this time with the city as the Humane Society asked for additional funding but did not receive it.

City manager Curtis Adams and police chief David Beaty have met with county employees and have visited the county shelter that was once the joint shelter. Also discussed is a possible sharing of the costs of the operation rather then a per animal charge paid by the city.

The matter will come before the council tonight for consideration.

Work on the Meadow Park Lake Dam repair needs to get under way pretty soon based on the city's agreement with Tansi for water harvesting. Crossville Mayor J.H. Graham III will update to the council on the current situation with that project.

The council will have to revisit water and sewer rates after the city was notified recently that the 20 percent discount on water and sewer rates for low income senior citizens is not allowed under state law. The city has offered this discount for some 20 years and currently 100 to 150 customers take advantage of it.

On the council's agenda is a revised resolution removing the discount provision. No other changes will be made.

The council will once again consider the accepting donation from Habitat for Humanity of 11.8 acres along the Obed River in exchange for water and sewer taps for 58 lots in the subdivision developed by Habitat. The property would be used for a part greenway along the river and could help with grant funding by being counted as local match required by the state funding.

The council discussed the matter last month but deferred a decision until this month's meeting.

Council members will hear an update on the city's energy and sustainability initiative. City engineer Tim Begley will report on the traffic signal conversion program that is saving electricity by using LED bulbs in the city's traffic lights.

With school back in session, the city will recognize the first Martin Elementary School student of the month for the new school year as well as other recognitions as well.

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