By Gary Nelson
Senior staff writer
The Cumberland County Commission approved an agreement between the city of Crossville and Cumberland County to operate the Gateway to the Big South Fork Visitor’s Center.
The project will move forward after the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) sent a letter to Cumberland County Mayor Kenneth Carey Jr. last month approving the bid that was awarded to Freitag Construction.
Harry Sabine, 1st District commissioner, said it was in the Cumberland County Commission rules that the county's attorney sign off on the agreement, showing that he approved the agreement.
"Has the agreement been approved by the city of Crossville?" Carmin Lynch, 9th District commissioner, asked.
Cumberland County Mayor Kenneth Carey Jr. said he had gotten an email that it was approved by the city council.
According to the agreement, the county will run and operate the facility on a day-to-day basis for 20 years on a year-to-year basis. The city will in turn pay $120,000 toward construction of the facility and half of the operational costs. The county will fund the other half of the costs to run the facility.
The county shall maintain general liability insurance on the facility.
A pre-construction meeting is scheduled to be held this week regarding the project.
The agreement was approved unanimously after a motion was made by Allen Foster, 4th District commissioner. Foster's motion was supported by Jan McNeil, 5th District commissioner.