Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

October 10, 2013

City council considers referendum on downtown project

Delay could cost city some funding


CROSSVILLE — Though the Crossville City Council is almost ready to bid the downtown infrastructure improvement and enhancement project, council members Thursday expressed a wish to hear from the citizens of the city on the project's future.

Councilman Danny Wyatt said, "I've had heartburn since we passed this."

He proposed a referendum on the $10 million project, either through a special election or to be placed on the ballot during the primary election slated for May or the county general election next August.

No decision was made Thursday, but the council will consider the question possibly at its next regular meeting. Of concern is about $2 million in grant funds that may be withdrawn if the project is delayed further.

See Tuesday's Chronicle for more from Thursday's special-called city council meeting.