By Jim Young
The Crossville City Council approved an ordinance that will allow for the operation of an indoor shooting range inside the city limits as Dave's Pawn Shop makes plans to open such a facility.
Terry Hassler with Dave's Pawn Shop addressed the council and explained the proposed state-of-the-art handgun range. The facility will include a state-of-the-art laser safety system. If anyone breaks the beam in the protected area, the range is shut down to protect patrons and employees. In addition, the range is to be built with extra protection to keep bullets from passing through the walls and to abate any noise from the firing range.
Hassler said he had spoken with the neighbors in the area of the proposed range and any issues have been taken care of. Hassler said he would offer law enforcement personnel free memberships in the range that will be operated by selling memberships to the public.
The council approved the first reading of an ordinance to allow the operation of a shooting range inside the city limits with an annual fee of $50.
A change is coming to the operation of concession stands at the city's recreation park as the city council approved the bid of a local business to operate the stands instead of the city operating them.
Late last year, the city put out requests for proposals and two proposals were received. A committee reviewed the proposals, interviewed the principals and recommended that the bid be awarded to Mommy of 2 Concessions. City Manager Bruce Wyatt recommended the council approve the recommended contractor.
Approval of the contract was unanimous.
A change was also made in the janitorial service for the new city hall building. The low bidder had been previously approved but, due to problems with the performance of the contractor the low bidder, was dropped and the contact canceled.
City officials contacted the next low bidder and they agreed to honor their previous bid for the remainder of the fiscal year. In addition, it was recommended that the Hughes Cleaning Service be contracted through June 2014. The second reading of a budget amendment was also approved for the additional cost of the cleaning as well as other expenses.
A change in Crossville subdivision regulations was approved as part of the council's consent agenda. The change involves the quality of roads to be built and then taken over by the city in new subdivisions. The change will increase the cost of building a subdivision road to a developer by about 12.5 percent but is expected to make the roads last longer, reducing the need for repaving by the city.
The third and final reading of an ordinance changing the council meeting agenda to include a time of public comment was approved as part of the consent agenda. The item was added back to the agenda at the insistence of Councilman Pete Souza.
The council approved road closings for the monthly Cruise-Ins for downtown Crossville. Sponsored by the Crossville Cruisers, the events will be held on the fourth Saturday of each month from April through October from noon to 5 p.m. A request to hold a fund raiser for St. Jude's Hospital was also considered for the same Saturday as the Cruise-In in May. The two groups have agreed to work together on that date.
A street closing was also approved for the Taste of Crossville May 23 from 3 to 10 p.m. The event will be held on the grounds of the Depot and Taylor Hotel property.
Martin Elementary School seventh grader Caleb Lester was recognized as the student of the month. Caleb was recognized for his character trait of respect.
Mayor J.H. Graham III proclaimed Feb. 26 as “Spay Day” in Crossville. The proclamation recommends that all citizens have their dogs and cats spayed or neutered or to make donations to allow others to have their animals fixed.