The Crossville City Council approved the purchase of $114,210 of water meters at a substantial savings because the company is closing the factory that manufactured them.
The post facto approval was required as the city had a very short window to purchase the stock. City manager Bruce Wyatt told the council that there was a merger and then the company decided to shut down the factory that made the meters the city has been using for the last several years.
According to Wyatt the city has gotten excellent service out of the meters and they have been assured that the warranties on the meters will be honored. Wyatt said he hoped that some company would take up manufacture of the meters as they had been an industry leader. Wyatt added that the meters ordered were already in the city's possession and ready to be installed as needed.
The council approved the purchase as part of the council's consent agenda.
Also under the consent agenda the council approved the third and final reading of an ordinance to change the speed limit on Village Lane to 20 miles per hour. The change goes into effect immediately. The second reading of a budget amendment for the purchase of a truck for public works department was approved. The truck is to replace one damaged in a traffic accident.
Under an agenda item on industrial development, city attorney Ken Chadwell reported on the status of the city's purchase of the Interchange Business Park. The property must be approved for use by the city as an industrial park. Chadwell said that all the information has been submitted and the board will meet in mid December. Chadwell added that the board's staff has recommended that the property be approved and the city can close on the purchase immediately thereafter.
Chadwell responded to a question on the the BekZon situation and said he had not heard anymore from the company. The city has agreed to loan the firm $300,000 to help start a factory to build air cleaning systems but has asked the firm for certain information before closing the loan and the firm has reportedly said that information could take a couple of months to get together.
City engineer Tim Begley reported to the council that the city had stopped pumping water from Lake Tansi and with the recent substantial rains Meadow Park lake has filled up to within 8 feet of the spillway. Mayor Graham commented, "We are the luckiest people."
The council met briefly as the beer board and approved a beer license for a new restaurant, Mexico Lindo, on Miller Avenue next to the Dollar General Market.