Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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May 31, 2013

Council approves strategic plan for 2013-2014

CROSSVILLE — The Crossville City Council approved the strategic plan for the 2013-2014 fiscal year that was formulated at the planning session held on Saturday, April 6, including all the council members.

The planning session was led by Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS) consultant Warren Nevad. The plan included four items the council would like to accomplish during the upcoming fiscal year. The first item is for the city to conduct a utility district assessment plan and a merger with the South Cumberland Utility District that serves Tansi and other areas in southern Cumberland County.

The second goal for the city is the creation of an interlocal orientation package in a PowerPoint presentation that could help a new city manager and a new president of the local Chamber of Commerce better understand the roles and interaction of the city, the county and the Chamber.

The third goal is to develop a pilot single stream recycling program for citizens as a way to reduce the costs of garbage service and possibly generate some revenue to help offset the costs of the recycling program. A single stream recycling program does not require different recyclable items to be sorted out.

The fourth strategic goal approved by the city is to investigate a self funded employee health insurance program.

The approval of the strategic plan was to be part of the consent agenda but was requested to be pulled out for brief discussion by councilman Pete Souza. Souza said he wanted to state that he felt “the utility district assessment plan will probably be be the most significant thing that I will ever be called to vote on in the city council. It's very important to look at for our future and where we are going.”

Souza made the motion and it was seconded by Mayor J. H. Graham and approved unanimously.

The council approved the first reading of annexation of 1.3 acres of property for the new Dollar General store on highway 127 N across I-40. The store is expected to open in July and the owner is requesting annexation in order to access city sewer service. The sewer will require a bore under the highway at the estimated maximum cost of $5000. If the bore does not encounter rock the cost would be less.

The annexation is contingent on the property meeting the requirements of the city's storm water requirements related to storm water runoff. Councilman Souza also asked about the future widening of the highway to 5 lanes that would require the replacement of the line across the highway. City engineer Tim Begley told the council TDOT had not decided who would pay for the work on the utilities in the area.

The neighboring property owner to the proposed location expressed concern over the runoff due to storm water since the site development has started. Mayor Graham pointed out that the site would come under the city's storm water regulations.

Councilman Souza said he felt that the property owner or contractor should pay for the boring under the highway.

The first reading of the annexation was approved with councilman Souza voting no and the remaining members of the council voting in favor.

The council approved the recommended bid on the new retirement program for new city employees. Previously the city employees have been part of the state retirement system and existing employees will remain with that program. New employees will instead have a retirement account similar to a typical 401-K program. The city took bids on operating the program and the recommended bid was from the ICMA, the International City Managers Association.

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