By Gary Nelson
Senior staff writer
Improvements for downtown Crossville's infrastructure are closer to a reality after the Cumberland County Commission approved right of entry and right-of-way easements.
City of Crossville Clerk Sally Oglesby and Mayor J.H. Graham III approached the county earlier this month at a building and grounds committee meeting and that committee approved donating the right of entry and right of way easements for the project, which are located near the Cumberland County Courthouse, Milo Lemert Building and War Memorial Park.
"We need the easements before we can bid the project and so we can submit them to TDOT (Tennessee Department of Transportation) for their approval," Oglesby said.
The project totals $10.4 million with $1 million of funds already spent by the city of Crossville. The project runs from Lantana Rd. to Neecham St. and replaces water lines, storm drains and underground wiring along with aesthetic improvements including new traffic signals and street lights. Also included in the project is storm sewer for water run off to alleviate flooding problems.
The $4.2 million grant is from eight different organizations.
Graham and Oglesby explained to the county at the building and grounds committee that the $4.2 million of grant funds could expire if the project does not get under way within roughly two months. The city has already invested approximately $1 million in engineering studies, design and planning on the project.
The request for easements was approved in a 15-1 vote after a motion was made by Mike Harvel, 7th District commissioner. Harvel's motion was supported by Roy Turner, 7th District commissioner.
Sonya Rimmer, 8th District commissioner, voted no.
Charles Seiber, 4th District commissioner, and Jeff Brown, 8th District commissioner, did not attend the meeting.