The Crossville City Council used the consent agenda technique to run a smooth, efficient meeting, accomplish their business in a shorter time for May and expects to use the feature in future council meetings.

Council members seemed pleased with the way the consent agenda worked and only one item was removed from the 18-agenda item list for a brief discussion. The item pulled out for discussion by councilman Boyd Wyatt concerned a $35,000 expenditure on an update of the city's time keeping program for employees.

Wyatt just needed a few additional details about the reason for the expenditure. The electronic time clock program tracks hourly city employees and has been in place for seven years. In addition to outdated software that is no longer fully supported, the city needs some new equipment as well as the ability to increase the number of employees the system can handle with the recent Catoosa Utility merger.

According to city finance director Amanda Houston, the company has made the city a very good offer with a substantial discount to upgrade the system. With that explanation, Wyatt moved that the purchase be approved and the motion passed unanimously.

Among the items approved under the consent agenda without discussion was the second reading of the 2006-2007 city budget and tax rate ordinances as well as the second readings of the ordinances annexing property belonging to St. Raphael's Church on Sparta Highway and deannexing the property of Mountain Farm International on Highway 70 N. All these items will require one additional reading before they go into effect.

The council also approved street closings for Memorial Day ceremonies on May 29 and a Civil War memorial ceremony on June 3. In addition, the council approved first reading of an ordinance closing and abandoning a section of Central Street in the Camelot Subdivision. The gravel road is surrounded by ten lots owned by an individual and the closing will allow the parcels to be combined into a single parcel.

Also as part of the consent agenda, the council approved post facto the waiving of building permit fees from recent storm damage along with the sale of a confiscated vehicle on eBay for $6,500 with money going into the drug fund. Emergency repairs needed because of storm damage to the Meadow Park Lake dock were also approved along with purchases of a power letter folder and a water meter test bench.

The third and final reading of new taxi regulations was also approved as part of the consent agenda.

Outside the consent agenda, the council unanimously approved a request from the Cumberland County schools to share costs of putting in flashing school zone lights at Stone Memorial High School. A letter from Director of Schools Patricia Ragsdale asks that the city pay for the design of the lighting system and the schools will pay for materials and installation. The city's share of the project is expected to be between $6000 and $6500.

Councilman Wyatt made the motion saying, "We need to protect the kids out there when school starts."

The council approved acceptance of a proposal from Fields Engineering for design of two new pump stations. The wastewater pump stations at Hayes Street and at Genesis Road and I-40 are both over 30 years old and inadequate for the areas they serve. The engineering will cost $13500 while the pumps will cost between $70,000 and $80,000 each.

Gladys McNeal was sworn in at the council meeting to a second five-year term on the Crossville Housing Authority board of directors. McNeal was appointed by Crossville Mayor J. H. Graham.

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