Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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June 21, 2012

Tansi water harvesting project completed

CROSSVILLE — Crossville City Council heard good news on the completion of the Tansi raw water harvesting project that has been finished under budget and is reported working as it should.

Crossville engineer Tim Begley told the council that the savings on the project came from several areas including engineering changes proposed by the contractor that saved money and reduced the final as built quantities. Also, much of the road repair work was done through a contract between the city and the county road department and that resulted in additional savings on the total cost of the project.

Crossville Mayor J.H. Graham said, "I am happy that the project is complete and has led to a long-time partnership for Tansi and the entire community."

The motion to approve the final change order was unanimously approved by the council.

The council approved the first reading of a de-annexation request from a property owner on Northside Drive. Originally the Northwest Connector would have gone directly past the business property but due to a change in the design of the project that is no longer the case and the owner requested the change.

The council agreed to move forward with an agreement for a second corporate hanger requested by Mastercorp. The agreement for the lease of the hanger would be similar to the hanger they already have at the Crossville airport. In addition, they have requested a taxiway extension and the city will apply for a grant to help pay for the extension with Mastercorp agreeing to pay the local match amount required.

Councilman Boyd Wyatt commented, "We are lucky to have Mr. Grindstaff and his business in Crossville. Without the airport he would probably not be located here." He then made a motion to direct the city attorney to draft an agreement and for the city to apply for the grant.

The motion was approved unanimously.

A group of local residents continues to push for a dog park in Crossville. The park would provide a place for pet owners to allow their animals to run off of a leash but within the safety of a fenced area. The proposal is to build two areas fenced, one for larger dogs and one for smaller dogs. The estimated cost of the fence is $14,000 according to the city engineer. Additionally the group would like to see a walkway and shelter in the dog park for a total estimated price of just over $50,000. The project would start with raising money for the fence and the supporters requested that the finds be held by the city so they would not have to form a non-profit organization to seek donations.

While the city has not formally committed to it, the group is hoping the city will match the $7000 in funds they hope to raise to pay for the fence. The council agreed to hold the money while the fundraising goes on.

Crossville Cruise-Ins will return to Main Street this summer organized again by the Crossville Cruisers. While downtown events have been discouraged due to possible downtown improvements, the Crossville Cruisers want to keep the events going on. The council approved the request for the cruise-ins to be held each fourth Saturday from June to October from noon to 5 p.m.

An ordinance annexing property on Orange Circle was also approved by the council. Several additional lots could be added to the annexation if the property owners agree. The road has been improved and city staff report extending the sewer would be easy to do in the area. Other property owners will be contacted about the possible annexation.

Several appointments were made during the council meeting including members of the Crossville Housing Authority. Dewey Peterson was reappointed and Bobby Randolph was appointed to fill the remaining term of Bob Mitchell who resigned last month. Randolph's term will expire May 30, 2013. Both men were sworn in at the June council meeting.

Councilman Boyd Wyatt was reappointed to the Flood Plain Board of Appeals and three members were reappointed to the Health and Education Facilities Board, Dr. Jack Clark, Dr. Carl Duer and Clark West. Sarah Hunter was appointed to the Crossville Tree Board and Shane Wyatt and John Eldridge were appointed to the Personnel Board by city employees.

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