The Crossville City Council will consider how to move forward to acquire property for the first phase of the Northwest Connector when it meets tonight.

City Attorney Kenneth Chadwell was tasked at a June 27 special-called meeting with continuing negotiations with property owners of the remaining two parcels needed for the highway. The city needs to be in the process of taking possession of the right-of-way in order to meet a deadline set by the Tennessee Department of Transportation and have the construction portion of the project bid out in September.

The first phase of the Northwest Connector would connect Hwy. 70 W. at Tennessee Ave. with Hwy. 70 N. at Northside Dr. Future phases include improving Northside Dr. from Hwy. 70 N. to Hwy. 127. and improving Interstate Dr. from Hwy. 127 to Genesis Rd. A feasibility study by TDOT found the road, when complete, would help take 6,300 cars a day off Elmore Road and onto the new route, improving traffic flow and safety. The city has provided engineering services and is securing the right-of-way for the project while the state will fund construction of the road.

Also on the agenda for the July regular meeting is discussion of improvements proposed at the Holiday Hills and Meadow Park Lake water treatment facilities. A representative of the engineering firm Smith, Seckman, Reid will present plans for adding a new powder-activated carbon storage and feed system at both facilities. A contract for services estimated to cost $92,270 will be considered.

The consent agenda includes third and final readings of ordinances amending the 2010-'11 budget to reflect actual expenses and to include a $25,000 donation to the Cumberland County Playhouse.

The council will also consider a resolution for a $4 million loan for the Meadow Park Lake dam improvement project.

The council will meet at 5:15 p.m. as the audit committee in the conference room of Crossville City Hall. Following at 5:45 p.m. are public hearings on plan of services progress report in the council chambers, with the regular meeting beginning at 6 p.m.


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