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Sunday, April 2, 2017

Crossville council work session returns to several topics including shooting park and retirees

The April regular city council work session set for April 4 and 5 PM will discuss several items that the council has discussed before including once again the proposed shooting sports park and rehiring previous city retirees.

Additional revisited topics include the downtown Crossville sidewalk project, a splash pad for Centennial Park and the solid waste contract.

One new item was requested for discussion by councilman Danny Wyatt was forming a committee to examine the possibility of changes to the city's charter. No information was provided with the request from Mr. Wyatt about what those possibly changes might be.

Following Saturday's noise demonstration of firing weapons on the location of the proposed shooting sports park for residents who live near the property, council will discuss the sound issue. As it stands now, the shooting park project is dead until either council reverses its decision to rescind the sales agreement with the Crossville Shooting Park, Inc. group that will operate the park or a new location and new grant is secured for the project.

Albert Frye Rd. house on right.  The edge of the proposed
shooting spots park property is trees on the left.

Albert Frye Rd. in front of city property.  The city is keeping
40 acres on the right for future development and the 
shooting park will be behind that. 

This will be the third time council has considered the repercussions and costs of rehiring former city employees who took an early buyout two years ago but want to return to work for the city. With the hiring back of former Crossville police Chief David Beaty, the city discovered such employees must be returned to the much more expensive state retirement program that the city left because of those high costs. Council has been discussing a policy that would allow a city manager to hire such an employee if they felt such an employee was necessary. In addition, council is looking at a way to offset the additional expense and how to look at the 6 month salary bonus those employees received.

The city manager will update the council on the downtown sidewalk project. The city expects to have the final permit from Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) in a matter of days. Also council will discuss the replacement of traffic signals at the bottom of Water Tank Hill.

Council has discussed the upcoming action necessary on the city's solid waste collection contract and a decision is needed soon of the contract will automatically renew. Part of the discussion has been over the differentiation between residential and commercial properties that has caused some issues. Also, collection of leaves and brush has been another discussion council is considering.

The city is continuing to pursue the purchase of a jet fuel truck for the Crossville Memorial Airport. The city is seeking a grant to pay for 75 percent of the cost leaving the city to pay $8750 to acquire the $35,000 used truck.

Council will also discuss four appointments to the Industrial Development Board as the terms of the four members appointed by the council are expiring.   

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