By Heather Mullinix
The Crossville City Council approved a request of the Cumberland County Commission's building and grounds committee to rename the Big South Fork Visitor's Center currently under construction.
Committee chair Sonya Rimmer, 8th District commissioner, had inquired about the name change to the Tennessee Department of Transportation and county commission, saying, "I inquired about a possible name change: Crossville-Cumberland County Visitors Center: The Gateway to the Big South Fork."
The city has partnered with the county for the project, providing $120,000 in funds for the required grant match and agreeing to fund half the operational costs. The visitors center will be on Cook Rd. off Genesis Rd.
Councilman Danny Wyatt approved the name change, supported by Mayor J.H. Graham III. Rimmer noted she had learned there would be no additional cost for signage.
The motion was unanimously approved. The change still must be approved by the Cumberland County Commission.
The council also approved an inter-local agreement with the county government outlining improvements to be installed on country property during the downtown renovation project, set to begin later this year. Those improvements include two large planters in front of the courthouse and removal of a planned median.
The council also approved the first reading of an annexation of 4.83 acres adjacent to Dayton Spur Rd. into the city of Crossville. Owner Francisco Fuentes requested the annexation, stating he planned to construct apartments on the site and would like access to city sewer. Wyatt moved to approve, supported by Kerley. The motion was unanimously approved.
Also approved was the second reading of a budget amendment for the dog park, crediting the dog park fund $8,500.
The council also approved renting two billboards directing motorists along Interstate 40 to the dog park at a cost of $480 a month for 10 months. Those are to be placed at Genesis Rd. and Peavine Rd. exits.