Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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May 10, 2007

Council denies Tansi sewer service

After discussion between the Crossville City Council and representatives of Lake Tansi at the council's regular May meeting, a majority of the council approved a motion to provide no sewer service to any of Lake Tansi at the present time.

The council did approve a water line extension and a water sales contracts to help two new residential developments with their water needs at the same meeting. Both of the new developments are just outside Cumberland County.

The council took the sewer action during an agenda item to discuss a letter from the Tansi Property Owners Association (POA) in which they formalized a request to purchase 10,000 gallons a day of sewer capacity from the city. The POA offered to pay a one time fee of $100,000 for the capacity along with the outside the city limit sewer charge per gallon of sewer used.

The letter states that the drive behind the request is to protect the Tansi lakes from being polluted by runoff from failing septic systems around the lakes. According to the letter, recent information from Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and studies by Tennessee Technological University indicate the level of bacteria in the lake is unnaturally high and expected to increase.

The POA letter concludes, "We are asking the City of Crossville to help us protect these lakes and preserve a potential fresh water supply that may be available as the future needs dictate."

David Sutton, Tansi POA general manager, and Ed Yoder, chairman of the POA board, addressed the council at the meeting. Councilman Boyd Wyatt asked about the grant previously announced to study a possible sewer plant in the area. Sutton said that the $1 million grant was to study the feasibility of such a plant but he felt by the time anything could be accomplished, it may be too late.

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