Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Sunday, May 29, 2016
Saturday, May 28, 2016
Memorial Day 2016
Thursday, May 26, 2016
That part of the Justice Center is some 25 years old.
Crews were out today working on the job from Layton Hood Stucco.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Monday, May 23, 2016
It is unclear if council member Pete Souza will run for reelection after originally saying he would only serve one term when he ran 4 years ago.
Sunday, May 22, 2016
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
After just over 1.5 hours of budget discussion during a special called meeting, the Crossville city council approved the first reading of 2016-17 budget and tax rate.
The readings are mainly ceremonial at this time since neither the budget nor the tax rate are finalized. Three readings of both the budget and tax rate are required for approval of these ordinances.
Going into the meeting, the budget was down to $900,000 in the red from the $2.4 million that it started at. Crossville mayor James Mayberry told the council he felt the city should use money from its fund balance to complete projects that had been in the planning for several years.
Councilman Pete Souza was not at the meeting and sent an email out earlier in the week accusing other council members of setting the meeting when they knew he'd be out of town. That comment elicited a response from councilman Jesse Kerley that Mayor Mayberry had set the meeting.
The next reading of the budget is expected to come during the June regular meeting and a public hearing on the budget will be held immediately prior to that meeting.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
From the May issue of the Upper Cumberland Business Journal.
My story about Butch Smith's proposal to build a spec industrial building.
Monday, May 16, 2016
Crossville city council meets in special called session Tuesday May 17 to discuss budget and tax rate.
Council members have worked on the budget individually with city staff and met twice in work session to discuss the general fund and water and sewer budgets. The budget started out at $2.4 million in the hole and after work by interim city manager Steve Hill and city finance director Fred Houston that deficit was reduced to $900,000.
The special called meeting will start out with a discussion of the budget and review of the changes that have already been made. Following the discussion, the first reading of the budget and the tax rate in title only are expected to be approved. Three readings of each ordinance are required for final approval before the budget goes into effect July 1, 2016.
The city's current property tax rate is $.063. It is unclear if the rate will change.
Council members continue to take shots at each other over meetings. Councilman Pete Souza released the following statement about the meeting saying he would be unavailable to attend,
Souza's statement is: "the process to which this budget was developed was not through the open transparency of the work shop process which was put on for show, but rather a host of deals created some where else other than in public view. This new process as part of the NEW ORDER of the Tri -Pac might as well say if you want anything in the form of city money we (Wyatt an Kerley) are the ones to deal with because we control the council.
Councilman Kerley responded with the following comment: "Actually the Mayor set this meeting. You still are struggling getting your facts straight."
Kerley brought up the matter during the city manager's report asking for details about the purchase and if it was approved by the city council as would be required for a purchase of $5268. Interim manager Steve Hill said the purchase took place before he started and he did not know if the purchase had gone before the council. The funds for the purchase came from the city's budget line for administration/public relations.
Kerley asked Hill to investigate the matter further and bring a report back to council.
DCI president Schwartz spoke a short time later during public comment saying he wanted to set the record straight on the purchase. Schwartz said the council had not approved the purchase and that DCI had paid the city for the benches as a "pass through" before the order was placed.
Councilman Kerley snapped that the purchase needed to be approved by the council.
Saturday, May 14, 2016
Kerley said there was information he had read on the site that he questioned but had since been changed. Also, Howard Burnette was not present at the meeting so Kerley made brief comments and the council meeting moved on until the end of the meeting and the time of public comment.
One man got up to speak on behalf of the recall website and gave an explanation of the website and at one point it appeared he might be removed from the meeting by police. The man refused to identify him self but had spoken previously at another council meeting and is car salesman Jeff Dahlberg.
Friday, May 13, 2016
A joint narcotics operation is currently underway at 16536 Genesis Road, in Cumberland County, TN. Crossville Police Department Narcotics Detectives are working together with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, 13th Judicial Drug Task Force the HIDTA / TBI Drug Task Force and the Office of the District Attorney General in the execution of a search warrant at an indoor Marijuana cultivation operation.
Homemade signs became a big part of Crossville politics four years ago when councilman Pete Souza first ran for a council seat. The signs, stenciled on large pieces of plywood made complaints and accusations and were put up in numerous locations.
Thursday, May 12, 2016
At tonight's city council meeting, a sign put in the parking lot on the back of a pickup truck accused Kerley of being a liar and quotes parts of some emails from Kerley and Police Chief Shoap.
Blankenship was charged after political flyers were discovered in the downtown area several weeks ago. He was fined in city court and has appealed the conviction to chancery court.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Water/Sewer rate increases in city budget, general fund budget improved with first reading of budget to be 5-17-16
"Tonight after a long day of work, while a large number of families are attending church three members of city council will be taking advantage of your worship time by engaging in a shady "special called meeting" for the purpose of eliminating from the budget: city side walks, community projects and the Horizon Initiative, a program to bring many higher wage jobs to Crossville and Cumberland County."
The meeting scheduled for tonight is a work session for discussion of the upcoming fiscal year budget for 2016-17. No official votes can be taken at a work session though the council can be polled about their opinion but any decisions will have to be approved a future council meeting.
Councilman Jesse Kerley posted a comment under the groups post saying:
"This is a good example of how this group twist the truth. There is no special called meeting only a work session budget meeting. We are only discussing water and sewer today. What lies. Hopefully these guys will be at the alter tonight.
IX: Thou shall not bear false witness against thy neighbor."
Notice of the work session was sent out just before 9 am on Tuesday morning, well within the required 24 hours notice to make the work session legal. The work session was notice was posted on this blog within 5 minutes of receiving the meeting notice.
The meeting is set for 5 PM tonight and is open to the public. It will be held in room 317, the conference room at city hall.
According to chief Shoap, he hopes to have 20 members in the program that will help the department with non-confrontational duties including school crossings, traffic control for parades and accidents, vacation house and welfare checks. Shoap said he already had 8 individuals interested in participating with the program.
Costs for the program that are in the upcoming fiscal year budget include $230 per participant for insurance and a cost uniforms. Some local businesses are expected to help by providing cars and equipment at no cost.
Shoap will be explaining the program to the council at the meeting and seeking permission from the council to move forward with the program.
Crossville Police Department website
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Souza continuing to try and undo last changes to council's standing rules to return public comment/work sessions.
That last change in the council's standing rules came in March this year and Souza has been attempting to undo those changes ever since trying to give the public more voice at the council meetings. State law does not require the council to allow the public to speak at meetings but citizens do still have the chance to speak for a limited time at the end of the meetings.
At the April meeting Souza brought up the change and his motion to rescind the previous standing rule changes failed with only two votes in favor from Souza and Mayor James Mayberry. Souza described the previous action as “an assault on the people's rights to express what they have to say.”
Contact information of city council members is available on the city's website at this link: Crossville city council information
Souza added that the absence of the workshops encumbers the city in performance of the duties of the elected officials and gives more opportunities for the public to see the inner workings of government as each agenda item is discussed.
The following message was posted today to the Good Treehouse Memories page about the famous treehouse on Beehive Lane in Crossville. The once popular treehouse attraction has been closed for somtime by the State Fire Marshall ' s office over public safety. The message appears to indicate the attraction will not reopen.
This is a personal message from Horace Burgess, he is asking that everyone to stay out of the treehouse. Anyone caught will be charged with trespassing and their vehicles will be towed at the owners expense. The treehouse is not in any way open nor will it be, no one can pay to stay the night there nor is it for sale. Absolutely no one is to be there swimming or doing anything else, regrets of having to do this but no one has any respect of the signs and fence to keep people out, so the next step is to start putting charges on the ones that ignore the notice and trespass. Once again so sorry and God Bless!
Crossville city council has set a work session on the 2016-17 fiscal year budget for Wed May 11 at 5 pm at city hall. The meeting will be in room 317, the 3rd floor conference room.
This will be the 2nd full council work session on the budget. Last week council went through the general fund budget but has yet to go over the water and sewer budget numbers.
City manager Steve Hill and finance director Fred Houston were to go over the numbers with department heads to reduce the $2.4 million in red ink for the initial numbers.
Kerley's agenda item seeks permission from the council to question Howard Burnette about information on his website.
The council has no way to force any response from Mr. Burnette.
A list of questions pulled from the recall website included the following:
Monday, May 9, 2016
Crossville city council has a busy schedule for their meeting night Thursday.
5:00 pm Council meets as the audit committee
5:35 pm Public hearing on annexation of Stagecoach Place Cafe property on 127-S
5:45 pm Solicitation board
5:50 pm Public hearing on 2016-2025 capital improvement plan
6:00 pm Council meeting
More information to come.
Thursday, May 5, 2016
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
New Crossville Recall Provision Making Waves