The Crossville City Council took no action on a request from a potential retail development last week.

“The developer is requesting help with water taps, inspection fees and sewer taps,” Crossville Mayor James Mayberry told the council during the June 11 meeting. 

The unnamed business plans to construct a new facility at 2854 N. Main St., the former Ryan’s Restaurant property. 

The developer’s request totals up to $10,850, with one 3/4-inch water tap and a 1 1/2-inch water tap, an additional sewer tap, stormwater and plat review, building inspection fees, and future water and sewer tap fees up to $4,000.

Councilman J.H. Graham III said, “Just to run this up the flag pole, I move that we do approve, from the general fund, a fee waiver of the building inspection fee, up to $2,700 maximum.”

Mayberry provided the second for the motion.

Councilman Scot Shanks asked what the city’s policy is concerning retail development incentives.

Mayberry said, “We don’t have a set policy or procedure — which is something we need to establish in the near future.”

The city approved waiving building inspection fees up to $2,600 for the new Rural King development on Elmore Rd. in March.

An additional request from that business was withdrawn.

City Manager Greg Wood said the city cannot “give away” tap fees, because they are part of the water and sewer department, which are enterprise funds. That means they must be self-sustaining. 

“With building inspection fees, it’s really time and labor,” Wood said. 

Shanks asked Wood if he knew the identity of the business. Wood said yes. Shanks then asked if the identify of the potential development could be revealed. Graham said, “No.”

It is common for potential business developments to be unnamed until ready to proceed with their projects. County property ownership data shows Community Bank of Raymore in Baxter Springs, KS, as the Jan. 1 owner of the 2.57-acre parcel. Mayberry said the developer plans to demolish the building and construct a new building facing Main St.

Shanks said, “We want to see businesses coming in, but I don’t know who we’re helping. Is it just a competitor to businesses that we already have here? I just can’t support that.”

Councilman Art Gernt agreed.

“Someone just invested in a nice property on Main St. I don’t remember them being here,” Gernt said. “It seems like it’s hard to ensure fairness. Unless we set some sort of criteria, I don’t see …”

Councilman Rob Harrison agreed with Shanks and Gernt. Graham withdrew the motion. 

Harrison said, “It would be good to have some kind of policy. It seems to be coming up.”

Wood said he would work with the council on a retail development incentive matrix in the future.

In other action, the council approved a low bid from Tank Pro Inc. of Northport, AL, for repainting the water tank in Homestead south of Crossville at a cost of $466,713. The project will use the existing Golf Capital of Tennessee logo. A request to consider painting the Homestead Elementary School mascot, a bulldog, on the water tank would have added $5,000 to the cost. Wood said the school system is not prepared to pay that cost. 

The company will also repaint the caboose at the Crossville Depot at a cost of $27,064. Downtown Crossville Inc. has painted the caboose three times since it was installed at the Depot in 2011; however, the city owns the caboose. Wood said the painting project would include a 20-year warranty against fading. 

Heather Mullinix is editor of the Crossville Chronicle. She covers schools and education in Cumberland County. She may be reached at hmullinix@crossville-chronicle.com.