Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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May 10, 2007

Council denies Tansi sewer service


Wyatt stated that while he liked Lake Tansi, he felt the city's long standing policy of providing sewer service only to schools or churches outside the city limits should be followed.

Councilman Carl Duer expressed concern about setting a precedent and how the city would handle any future requests for sewer like the one from Lake Tansi.

Councilman Jesse Kerley agreed with the other council members and asked what happened to the original agreement between the city and Tansi that would have given the city access to water from the lake as a back-up water supply.

Tansi POA's Ed Yoder said, "I went through that battle and I was in favor of the deal." Yoder added, "But citizens opposed that and we had to withdraw."

Councilman Wyatt commented, "Some people just didn't understand what the city was offering." Wyatt concluded saying that certain letters to the editor created hard feelings with the city.

Wyatt made a motion that the city not provide any sewer service to Lake Tansi. The motion carried with Wyatt, Duer and Kerley voting yes and Graham and Dean voting no.

The council approved an agreement with the Fall Creek Falls Utility District (FCFUD) to sell water that will help provide adequate water supply to the new Hawks Bluff V development in northern Bledsoe County. The request was made last month by the International Land Consultants (ILC) the company developing the property.

The agreement allows FCFUD to buy water from the city at $2.77 per thousand gallons. In addition, they will pay 40 cents per thousand gallons to South Cumberland Utility District for a transport fee to get the water from city system to Fall Creek's system. A short water line will be paid for by ILC to complete the connection.

Councilman Wyatt expressed concern about how much water capacity would be committed to the deal and requested a limit be placed in the agreement. The agreement included language that said the city would reduce water to FCFUD if capacity was a problem, but Wyatt wanted a specific number in the contract and it was agreed that the limit would be 10 million gallons a month.

The council also agreed to a contract between the city and the Bluffs, a new development of 174 building lots under construction in Putnam County. The council also approved a contract for engineering services for the construction of a water line to the development.

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