With the purchase of the former Regions bank building on Main Street and the shuffling of office space changes to the city's proposed fire station #3 have been disucssed leading to questions at the council meeting from the departments medical supervisor Dr. Mark Fox.
Dr. Fox requested time on the agenda to discuss the fire department. Fox said that he was not directed by anyone to ask the questions, but they were his concerns about the plans based on the recent purchases and changes.
“I am asking about the status of fire station #3,” said Fox.
Crossville Mayor J. H. Graham III responded that the council was in the middle of the budget and so far the land for the station has been purchased and cleared. Graham added that there was money in the budget for apparatus and for 15 firemen when they are needed.
Graham added that the budget will be reviewed and voted on between now and July 1.
Councilman Boyd Wyatt said the new hall was needed. While the building is designed, Wyatt added that they may have to redesign because of the additional space the fire department will now have at the former Public Safety building.
Councilman Earl Dean agreed, saying that councilman Wyatt had covered the subject. “We are running out of money and some things may have to change,” added Dean.
Dr. Fox said that while the redundant offices could be removed from the station # 3 plan, space was needed for the fire apparatus.
Councilman Danny Wyatt made a motion that the city manager meet with fire chief Mike Turner and the design team to discuss space and needs at the new facility. Mayor Graham suggested that Uplands Design Group give the city a proposal to look at all four of the buildings and recommend changes needed for the changes in use. The motion was approved unanimously.
ECE Engineer's Scott Christian is continuing to work with the low bidder on the city's project to repair the Meadow Park Lake dam. The bids came in about $700,000 above the budgeted amount and the city must either adjust the job or borrow additional money from Rural Development who is funding the project with a loan and grant for the city.
Christian said his recommendation was for the city to approve the mayor asking for additional funds from Rural Development if they are needed. Christian will continue to work out final details of the project and negotiate with the low bidder but the project is a very complicated one and there is still the chance for changes discovered once the work gets underway.
City attorney Ken Chadwell reported to the council that some 91 plaintiffs are pulling out of the Lake Tansi lawsuit against the city. He said that almost half of the original plaintiffs have now dropped out of the suit.
Several citizens were recognized at the council meeting including the Martin Elementary School student of the month. Fourth grader Lillian Thurman was nominated for her example of citizenship, the character trait of the month.
Long time leader of the Young Marine program Mary Ann Brown was recognized with a citizenship award from the city. Mayor Graham praised Brown for “10 years of faithful and dedicated service to our community. In the past 10 years Mrs. Brown has touched the lives of hundreds of Cumberland County Youth.”
Dr. William Hess was recognized for his distinguished service on the Crossville Tree Board. Mayor Graham thanked Hess for his service on the Tree Board from 2004 through 2009 including one year as co-chair of the board.
The Crossville City Council approved a $750 donation to the Stone Memorial High School Rocket Club to help with the expenses for the team's trip to the national Team America Rocketry Challenge. The team earned a spot as one of the top 100 rocket teams in the country and is the only team from Tennessee that qualified for the finals this year.