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Monday, March 20, 2017

City council calls special meeting on rescinding shooting park contract

A special called meeting is set for 4:50 PM Tuesday March 21 at Crossville city hall.  The meeting has been called by council members J. H. Graham and Pamala Harris. 

The single item on the agenda concerns discussion and possible action on the rescindment of contract with Crossville Shooting Sports Park, Inc.

The contract calls for closing on the property sale to the nonprofit by April 1.  It is unclear if the nonprofit could take legal action if the contract is rescinded by the city.

The project has been discussed for just over 18 months and the city agreed to provide property that was originally purchased for use as a landfill.  37 of the over 200 acres remains as a former landfill and the city kept 40 acres along Albert Frye Road for possible industrial development.

The project was originally brought to the city by Co. Mayor Kenneth Carey but since the county is not involved in the project it is unclear if Carey was acting in his official capacity or as a private individual.  Carey holds a seat on the nonprofit board that plans to operate the park.
The funding for construction is $2.5 million from TWRA.

Another council called meeting is also set to follow for 5 PM on rehiring previously retired city employees and finally a work session on the city's capital improvement plan.

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