Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Area News

April 20, 2012

City, Lake Tansi say water project a great success

CROSSVILLE — The city of Crossville has completed its Lake Tansi Water Harvesting project, which began early in 2010.

"We pumped water from Lake Tansi in early April 2012 as part of our contract with the Lake Tansi Property Owners Association," said Tim Begley, director of engineering for the city. "We are living within the means of our contract, only taking water from the top four inches of the lake."

Begley added that the POA has been very cooperative to work with and, in general, this has been a very successful project.

"I am happy with the way the project has progressed," said Jerry Davenport, Tansi general manager. "The project has gone well, very well, and we have enjoyed working with Tim Begley, who has done more than the letter of the contract. The city is mowing the dam and Tim is providing me with daily metering of the water. The POA is very well pleased with this project."

Lake Tansi POA President Danny Plumlee said, "I was worried about the process for monitoring the water harvesting of the lake. I can say that the city has been very forthright and transparent in all of my dealings with them.

"Mr. Begley and Mr. Bruce Wyatt in particular have been very responsive and sensitive to any concerns expressed by the POA," he continued. "We have been invited to tour the water plant, the pumping station at Tansi, as well as the dam project at Meadow Park Lake. As far as I can see, the city has complied with the agreement in every instance. I believe the partnership is working well and will continue to do so."

Begley said, "We have made every effort to protect the community's property values. We constructed an attractive building (pump house) and fence that would be attractive and integrate well into the neighborhood. People passing by will never know that the harvesting is going on. The only sign that we are pumping water is when we are cleaning the intake screens, which causes a small fountain-like disturbance on the surface."

The first pumping efforts took place when the lake was down about four feet. The POA was drawing the water down so property owners could work on their sea walls.

"It might appear that we were helping them achieve their goal of bringing the water level down, but our efforts had absolutely no impact on the water level," Begley said.

The Tansi maintenance crew had to operate the siphons on four occasions during that time period in order to hold the water level down.

This project has also helped to offset the loss of water at Meadow Park Lake. The water harvesting project impacts much of the county, with South Cumberland Utility District, which serves Lake Tansi, and other water utilities purchasing water from the city.

"So, not only Tansi residents, but people from all over the county may very well be drinking water at times from Lake Tansi," Begley said.

A resident in the neighborhood of the pump house said he can see the pump house from his porch. He was heard to say that he thought the city was going to be a good neighbor.

"There were no loud parties, no traffic and the pump house is attractive."

The project included building a new road to the pump house and repairing and replacing roads that were damaged when the water pipeline was laid. It was the city's responsibility to put the roads back to their previous condition.

Rather than hiring an outside firm to do the roadwork, the city contracted with the Cumberland County Highway Department, which was able to complete the job at significant savings. Scott Blaylock, county road supervisor, said construction to repair all affected side roads should be finished by about May 15.

"We have already put the base stone down and done some ditching. Prior to tar and chipping these roads, we will clip and roll for prep work. When we finish, these roads will be in better shape than before the pipeline project began."

Blaylock added, "One of my goals when seeking the county road superintendent seat was to improve communication between the city and county. We are stronger because of our cooperation with the city. I enjoy working with Street Superintendent for the city, Joe Miller."

The partnership also allowed the county road department to save $30,000, which is now available for other county road projects.

For more information about this or other projects, contact City Manager Bruce Wyatt at 484-5113.

 

1
Text Only
Area News
  • rendezvous.jpg TSRA starts spring off with paddling trips

    About 150 members of the Tennessee Scenic Rivers Association (TSRA) recently gathered April 2-6 in Crossville at Camp Nakanawa for the Annual TWRA Rendezvous.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Panel recommends using third-party billing for old EMS bills

    The budget committee approved hiring the same third party billing company to help go through older EMS ambulance service bills to resubmit them to help the EMS department get caught up with billing collections.

    April 19, 2014

  • Sales tax collections down

    Cumberland County Finance Director Nathan Brock reported to the Cumberland County Budget Committee that local option sales tax collections have fallen below budgeted projections for the 2013-'14 fiscal year.

    April 19, 2014

  • Motion to toss evidence in burglary denied

    A defense motion to have evidence seized by deputies searching for a man who fled warrant service thrown out failed when deputies testified they had oral permission from the defendant's son to search the residence the father and son share.

    April 18, 2014

  • donate life.jpg Organ donation gives man new lease on life

    Travis Hodges has a new lease on life, thanks to a selfless gift a young father made the year before.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Fireworks, sign change get council OK

    While the April Crossville City Council meeting was generally a calm one, there were some fireworks on the agenda.

    April 18, 2014

  • quackers at the library.jpg Spring jamboree

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Suspect charged in Sportsman Club break-in

    A Crossville man has been arrested and charged in connection with the burglary of a shooting club's building in the county that occurred last week, according to arrest reports.

    April 17, 2014

  • Panel discusses auditing hotel/motel tax collections

    Commissioners on the budget committee discussed the possibility of auditing hotels and motels in the county regarding the collection of hotel/motel tax collection figures being down.

    April 17, 2014

  • Repent burglar must serve time

    Some defendants cry, because they get caught, and others are tearful with remorse. No one in the courtroom doubted Robert Killeen's sincerity when he apologized to his victim, his loved ones and supporters for committing crimes against an elderly widow, stealing the money her late husband left her.

    April 17, 2014

Marketplace Marquee
Parade
Must Read
Section Teases
Seasonal Content
AP Video
Raw: More Than 100,000 Gather for Easter Sunday Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Weather Radar
2014 Readers' Choice