Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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June 20, 2014

Settlement in soccer complex wetlands issue expected

CROSSVILLE — It appears a settlement may be near for the Army Corps of Engineers filing against the city of Crossville over the alleged damage of wetlands from the construction of the city's soccer complex.

Crossville City Manager David Rutherford discussed the matter as part of his report during the regular June council meeting. Rutherford said he hoped that the matter would be closed with the Corps of Engineers by the end of the month. The city has lawyer fees in addition to the settlement of the expected wetland mitigation cost and is also in negotiations with the firm that sold the land and built the fields for the city to cover the costs. In the purchase agreement there was a “hold harmless” clause that the city feels may protect taxpayers.

The settlement cost is much lower than the initial possible assessment that was discussed when the action was first filed against the city as the owner of the property.

The city is currently waiting on correspondence from the Corps before the matter comes back to the council to consider approval of the agreement.

The council approved third and final reading of an ordinance updating the building codes that the city will enforce from the 2006 code to the 2009 code. The city is required to use codes within seven years of their publication. Another change is coming in two years when the city will have to upgrade to at least the 2012 codes.

Currently the city contracts with Cumberland County to supply building inspection services and the county will need to use the same codes as the city.

The council approved changes to rates for opening and closing a grave at the city cemetery with adjustments based on when the burial service takes place. The cost of opening and closing a grave will be $650 on weekdays, $750 on Saturday mornings and $850 Saturday afternoon and Sunday. The price of a cemetery plot is $300 for city residents and $400 for non-residents.

The rates have to do with the cost of the service and the overtime involved in the weekend services. The new rates go into effect on July 1.

A resolution raising water and sewer rates was approved by the council. The rate increases, 5 percent for sewer and 2 percent for water, were required by the state because of loans the city is using for system improvements.

The council tried to appoint a replacement to the City Lake Commission to replace former mayor Earl Dean who resigned his position. Mayor J. H. Graham made a motion to appoint George Marlow to complete Dean's term but the motion received no second and when Graham asked for other nominations none were forthcoming.

An appointment will have to be made at a future meeting.

Mayor Graham swore in Virgie Lotze to another term on the Crossville Housing Authority Board of Commissioners. Lotze was reappointed by Graham who makes the appointments to the CHA board.

Mayor Graham presented a proclamation for Amateur Radio Week to two representatives of the Cumberland Plateau Amateur Radio Club (CPARC). Al Perkins and Tom Liebert invited the public to attend the annual Amateur Radio Field Day that will be held at Homestead School on June 28-29. The event gives operators a chance to show off their skills of being able to generate their own power and show their skills in emergency operations.

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