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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

New council members will be sworn in Monday followed by a work session putting them straight to work.

Within an hour of being sworn in, the two new Crossville city council members will go to work with a work session set for December 5th following the swearing in ceremony.

New Council members Scot Shanks and J. H. Graham III will be sworn in at Crossville city hall  Monday December 5 at 5:30 PM and the work session will follow at 6:30 PM. It will be a busy week for the council with their regular December meeting following on Thursday December 8.

The council has not held regular work sessions for several months but returning to the work sessions is one of the items to be discussed during the Monday work session. In addition council will look at possibly returning their meeting to Tuesday evenings after moving them to Thursday at the request of one of the council members who did not seek reelection.

Other subjects to be discussed on the work session and most likely decided at the Thursday regular council meeting include how to proceed with interview for the city manager candidates and put together a plan for interviews.

Council will discuss the proposed application for a site development grant from the Tennessee Department of Economic Development to be used toward construction of a pad ready for the construction of a 200,000 square foot industrial building on property in the city's industrial park at 127-N and I-40. The maximum grant is $500,000 and would require a minimum $217,000 match from the city. The estimated cost for the work currently is $914,000 but a geotechnical study could change those numbers. After the study is complete the city could adjust the project at that time to control the total spending.

A the possibility of adding the city attorney and city judge to the city's health insurance program will also be discussed. The insurance company requires that the independent contractor work a minimum of 30 hours a week just to be eligible. The coverage must be offered to any other similar employees if the request moves forward.

New council member J. H. Graham is proposing the city consider a special census once again. The city has done this several times between the federal census counts and gained additional state shared revenue.

Graham is alos proposing a property tax freeze for senior citizens under a certain annual income that would freeze property taxes at the rate when they turn 65 as long as they apply each year. The program is allowed under state law and has been discussed previously but never put in place in Crossville.

City attorney Will Ridley will have a preliminary discussion on required changes to the city's sign ordinance with the council and also seek the council's direction on several properties that have been through the city's administrative hearing process.

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