Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

April 9, 2013

City to discuss amphitheater plan

By Heather Mullinix
Assistant editor

CROSSVILLE — The Crossville City Council will discuss its master plan for the area of the Spirit Broadband Amphitheater when it meets tonight at 6 p.m.

The city has approached the county about purchasing the former Veteran's Service Office building behind the courthouse at Thurman Ave. for $1. The building is in disrepair and in need of work to make it useable by the public. In fact, the county moved the VSO office to the lower level of the courthouse because of the need for repairs.

The city has proposed purchasing the building and taking over expense and care of the property. One use of the building would be to provide restroom facilities for the amphitheater and it could also provide office space for Downtown Crossville, Inc.

The building and grounds committee of the Cumberland County Commission voted to negotiate the matter with the city and invite City Manager Bruce Wyatt to meet with the committee. The committee voiced concern about the amount of work the facility would need and the possibility of leasing the property to the city.

The council will also consider a funding request for $3,500 that represents half the cost of replacing the doors that Fair Park Senior Center. The building and grounds committee of the county commission voted in March to split the cost of the repair with the city.

The building is owned by the county, but was a joint venture in 1998 by the two governments. Both governments provide annual funding for the senior center, each chipping in $25,000 this year.

During a budget work session, Crossville Mayor J.H. Graham III questioned projects split on a 50-50 basis with the county government.

"They want a 50-50 deal on something that benefits all the population," Graham said, pointing out the county has about 40,000 residents while the city has a population of about 11,000.

The two governments have numerous partnerships, including operation of the Cumberland County Animal Shelter. There is a proposal to have the city provide funding to help further staff the county's veterans service office.

Other items on the city's agenda include discussion of environmental services and questions about procedures used to award contracts for those services. Bids and purchases of ammunition, patrol vehicles, aluminum covers at the waterwater treatment plan and extension of the Crossville Memorial Airport taxiway will be considered.

The city council continued development of its 2013-'14 fiscal year budget Thursday, discussing the water and sewer funds. The city projects a loss of about $89,000 but the council is considering options for some capital purchases, including buying two forklifts.

Capital projects recommended include $85,000 for an I/I collection study for the sewer department; $55,000 for a service truck with utility bed; two handheld units for reading meters; and $125,000 for utility relocation engineering and rainbow drawings. That cost will be reimbursed by the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

A $600,000 project to replace about 9,000 feet of waterline under Old Lantana Rd. was not included. Maintenance issues with the line have greatly decreased since the New Lantana Rd. was completed and less motorists are using the road. Also not included in the recommendation is $825,000 for a new water tank on Plateau Rd., a rock hammer, a backhoe and a dipper stick. A service truck for water resources is recommended, but could perhaps be put off a year, the council noted.

The council briefly discussed funding requests from outside agencies, with a total of $225,205 recommended for the budget.

The council will plan additional budget work sessions for sometime the fourth week of April to hear budget proposals from council members and to hear a report on management of the Crossville wastewater facility by Veolia water, per council request.

The Crossville City Council will meet tonight at 5:15 p.m. as the audit committee, followed by a public hearing on de-annexation at 5:45 p.m. The city council meeting begins at 6 p.m. All meetings will be at Crossville City Hall, 392 N. Main St.