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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

No action taken by Crossville city council on request for CCHS football field funding

Crossville city council took no action on a request for help with funding for repairs to the Cumberland County High School (CCHS) football field.

The request was discussed at the council's November meeting, and a motion was approved that the County be contacted about sharing the cost of the project and the matter to come back to the council in December.

CCHS principal Jon Hall returned to the council's December meeting and said that neither the board of education or the county had funds available for the project. Hall explained that he had donations secured for $20,000 toward the $100,000 to $120,000 project plus the donation of fuel should the contractor be a local company.

CCHS Principal Jon Hall addresses the council.

Hall said he had found a possible grant through the National Football League that could fund up to $100,000 but requires a 50 percent local match guarantee. Hall said they project met the criteria but he would need a commitment for the match before he could submit the grant. He added that he had spoken to two other potential donors and expected to hear back on those after they took the requests to their boards.

Mayor James Mayberry asked about funding from the board of edcuation and Hall explained that they were prioritizing the Crab Orchard school project and roofs for North and South elementary schools. “Our small project is way down their list,” explained Hall who added that those project should take precedence.

The project is to fix drainage problems on the field and to replace all the drainage lines under the field, repair the retaining wall, removing slopes down to the field to add drainage basins. Hall said the irrigation system also needs replaced.

Mayor Mayberry said he was concerned with the number of elementary schools and two high schools and said, “If the city gets involved in this project, whats the next project for the next school going to be?” Mayberry praised Hall's work in seeking other donations from businesses and corporations but he was uncomfortable with the city funding a project for one school.

Mayberry called for a motion and none was made by the council and the council moved to the next agenda item.

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