Saturday, April 30, 2016
Friday, April 29, 2016
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
The property is prices at $25,000 per acre and Smith is proposing to construct a 50,000 square foot industrial spec building on the property. Smith currently owns the adjoining property that is currently being leased by CoLinx for their latest expansion and the plans could eventually allow the two buildings to be joined creating a 150,000 square foot facility.
Smith's proposal is for the city to give the project 3 years and deduct $5000 per full time job created by the project from the land cost up to the purchase price. Smith told the council the total investment in the initial part of the project would be some $2 million.
Thursday, April 21, 2016
My son's article on video game relief from college studying.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Sunday, April 17, 2016
Former city manager David Rutherford had previously told the council that this year's budget for the water and sewer system was not generating adequate revenue based on a standard form that the city submits each year to the Tennessee Water and Wastewater Financing Board (WWFB). The form looks only at revenue and expenses in the operation and the city was upside down on the form submitted earlier this fiscal year. Several weeks ago the agency visited city hall and were told the city would look at rate increases for the next two years to eliminate the "financial distress."
The agency then sent a notice to the city titled as an "order" that "directs the city to comply with the following corrective action plan:
1) the city will increase its water rates by 2% and sewer rates by 5% by July 1, 2016
2) the city will increase its water rates by 2% and sewer rates by 5% by July 1,2017
3) the city shall update the WWFB's staff on its progress quarterly until formally released from WWFB oversight.
The water and wastewater system does have cash reserves in the bank, but those funds are for future maintenance and do not offset the problems that the WWFB looks at.
The city council has not taken any action on the matter yet.
I was recognized with 2 school bell awards from the Tennessee Education for excellence in education reporting. I also received two awards from the Tennessee School Boards Association as well.
In 2009 I was voted as "Best Newspaper Reporter" in Crossville and in 2014 was recognized for my photo of Crossville fire chief Mike Turner's rescue of a lady who drove her car into deep water flowing across a road from heavy spring rains.
Saturday, April 16, 2016
Friday, April 15, 2016
Crossville has been trying for 5 years to build sidewalks on Myrtle Ave and Fourth St. as part of the safe routes to schools program. The grant had "one very last extension through August and approved the low bid last month.
Last night it was announced that TDOT did not approve the bid over incorrect forms. Councilman Kerley just laid his head on the desk.
So the city is looking at rebidding the project but only if TDOT will give an extension on the use of grant funds involved.
Thursday, April 14, 2016
Crossville's Plateau Lanes will host three statewide women's tournaments that will bring some 2000 bowlers here. Two tournaments are this year and one in 2017.
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
5:00 PM Audit committee
5:30 PM Closed session with city attorney concerning lawsuit
6:00 PM Regular meeting
Under the consent agenda council is expected to pass 2nd reading of the action on the regional water supply and budget amendment for a $133,000 payment to the US Army Corps of Engineers for the city's portion along with routine items and road closings
Discussion and action on the sale of property to Avigen and property on Wyatt Court to Butch Smith are on the agenda. In both cases there is a request to pay for all or part of the land cost through credit for permanent full-time jobs.
A grant for the renovations of Garrison Park and a tourism grant to help fund a restroom and concession stand for the Spirit Broadband amphitheater are also up for consideration.
Crossville mayor James Mayberry will ask the council to once again revisit the placement of public comments to the first of the meeting. Mayberry feels that with the change of no longer allowing public comment during discussion of an agenda item the public should be allowed to speak before a vote by council.
Councilman Pete Souza has an agenda item asking that the March changes to the standing rules be rescinded to put back the work sessions and public comments during agenda item discussion.
Several items will handle unfinished business with the city manager position. Council will consider a final resolution firing David Rutherford and approving a budget amendment in the amount of $57,995 to pay the severance under his employment contract. Council will also discuss how the search for a new manager will be handled and a contract for interim city manager Steve Hill will be considered.
I am now contributing to the Upper Cumberland Business Journal.
Article in the Upper Cumberland Business Journal on Crossville recall peitions
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
A total of 2225 registered city voter signatures will have to be collected on the petitions in order for the questions to appear on the ballot. Some 2300 voters cast ballots in the last city election.
Election officials said recall proponent Howard Burnette did not plan to try and meet the May 6 deadline to get the questions on the August ballot but instead planned to meet the June 24 deadline for the question to appear on the November 8 ballot.
For the recall to be successful, at least 66 percent of the voters who vote on the question must vote in favor of the recall. Should either of the recalls be successful, council members remaining would appoint the replacements to serve until the next general election ballot. Two expiring seats on the council, currently held by Pete Souza and Jesse Kerley are also on the November ballot.
The Cumberland Co. Election commission will meet this afternoon at 3:30 PM to review updated language in the recall petition filled against city council members Danny Wyatt and Pam Harris. Once approved, over 2100 registered city voter's signatures will be required to place the questions on the ballot.
If the question makes it on the ballot 66 percent of voters must vote in favor if recall for a council member to be removed.
Monday, April 11, 2016
The new Emergency Room at Cumberland Medical Center is taking shape near the current entrance to the ER.
The new Weigle's at Five Points is also taking shape The store will carry Weigle's own brand of milk, fresh food and even wine once it is finsihed.
Sunday, April 10, 2016
As I was sitting in church service this morning, the Lord laid some things on my heart that I need to share with you. You know being an elected official is not easy. It's so very hard to sit back and take the public and private attacks; and, as I'm sure you know, you can't believe everything you hear or read in the papers or on facebook, etc. The truth is usually somewhere in the middle. And when you have people threatening lawsuits and the like, you have to be so careful what you say. But, rather than spend time trying to defend myself against the sticks and stones, the Lord reminded me again to take the problem off the throne and to put him back on the throne so that he can do the work. So I offer this prayer for Crossville.
The property is priced at $25,000 per acre at a total estimated cost of $227,250. Smith is planning to build a spec building on the property and is proposing to put the purchase funds in escrow and having the cost of the property reduced by $5000 for each new full time job that is generated by the project.
This kind of proposal has been made before to industrial prospects but not previously to a developer. Some additional land remains at the Wyatt Court park, but little of it is usable for industrial purposes because of the slope of the land.
Council will consider the offer and any restrictions to the proposal during the meet set for April 14, 2016. The meeting starts at 6:00 PM in council chambers on the 2nd floor of Crossville city hall.
The link below is to a PDF of the Wyatt Court park showing the proposed purchase
PDF map of Wyatt Court
Saturday, April 9, 2016
Friday, April 8, 2016
On the city council's agenda coming up Thursday April 14, a certificate of compliance approval is on the agenda requested by the new Weigle's store currently under construction at 5-Points as well as the Eco Travel Plaza on Genesis Road. In addition, other stores are expected to apply. So far Kroger and Food City have been approved already. It seems a number of small 7-11 type stores may also qualify as "grocery stores" as well.
in this first link Rutherford survived and numerous citizens spoke on his behalf.
The second meeting just a month later ended in Rutherford's suspension and appointment of an interim manager Steve Hill, the city's former parks and recreation director. In this meeting, public comments were not allowed by the council.
In addition to a planned private meeting with city attorney Will Ridley before the meeting, the agenda includes an item from councilman Pete Souza that is unlikely to go anywhere beyond some discussion to change the standing rules that have been changed 3 times in the last two months. All of those changes have restricted the public's ability to address the council during discussions.
Another item is requested by Mayor James Mayberry to again move the time of public comment to the front of the agenda rather then the end since comments are no longer allowed during the discussion of items.
Stay tuned for more...
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Rutherford out as city manager (with severance) former parks and rec director Steve Hill named interim
Crossville mayor James Mayberry swears in former Crossville parks and Recreation director Steve Hill as interim city manager following the suspension of David Rutherford. The city is about to start work on the 2016-17 budget. (The ONLY photo of the swearing in of Steve Hill)
Monday, April 4, 2016
Friday, April 1, 2016
Here is a meeting 4 weeks ago on the fate of the Crossville city manager.
Another meeting is scheduled for Monday April 4 at Noon at Crossville city hall council chambers that will once again call for the suspension and replacement of current Crossville city manager David Rutherford.
While the video above includes a number of comments by the public that may have ultimately led to Rutherford keeping his job at least a few weeks more. None of those comments will be allowed at the upcoming meeting as the city council has changed those rules since the last called meeting.