Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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February 10, 2014

Panels OK walking trail for health department

CROSSVILLE — A new walking trail around the Cumberland County Health Department facility may be built in the near future.

Karen Roper, director of the Cumberland County Health Department attended last week's building and grounds committee meeting and requested the new walking trail be built using funds received from the state for improvements to the facility.

"We have funds from the state we could use for this and we'd like to have the trail built around the building with shrubs and landscaping," Roper said. "I know it will need to be bid. We don't have a plan drawn up yet."

"Is this something that our (maintenance) people are going to have to spend a lot of time on once it's built?" Mike Harvel, 7th District commissioner, asked.

"No, I don't think so," Roper said.

Roper said the trail would be made with pea gravel and would accommodate the many walkers who work at the health department facility.

Dave Hassler, 3rd District commissioner, moved to allow the project and Roy Turner, 7th District commissioner, supported the motion. It was unanimously approved.

A budget amendment for $14,100 was also approved for the project by the county's budget committee during the February county budget meeting.

Funding is provided by the state and there are no matching funds for the project required.

In other areas, Cumberland County Mayor Kenneth Carey Jr. reported the old health department facility is listed on the Crossville-Cumberland County Chamber of Commerce website. He said he has had one contact interested in the old facility for a lease/purchase type of agreement with the county. He also said there were two other groups that contacted him regarding possibly leasing the facility.

Carey said he would report any developments to the committee as they arise.

The Cumberland County Rescue Squad also requested pouring and building a concrete pad at the Cumberland County Community Complex for the placement of its food booth during the Cumberland County Fair. It was unanimously approved.

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