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Sunday, June 4, 2017

City Council to hold special called meeting and work session Tuesday June 6 on budget and other topics

The Crossville city council will hold a special called meeting followed by a work session on Tuesday June 6 starting at 5 PM. Both meetings will be held in the third floor conference room.

Items on the special called meeting agenda include the first reading in title only of the city's 2017-18 fiscal year budget and the tax rate. No increase in the tax rate has been proposed for city taxpayers. The latest version of the budget stands at $1.4 million in the red but additional changes are expected before the third and final reading of the budget is approved.

Council will consider a year end budget amendment to cover some budget lines that have gone over their budgeted amounts. The amendment would add $19,050 to administrative line items and $82,000 to the state street aid budget.

As part of the work on the 17-18 budget, the council discussed paying off some of the city's short tem loans using money from the general fund balance. On the called agenda is possible action on paying off two loans of $728,000 for paving and $807,000 for the purchase of police cars. If approved, the action would reduce debt service payments in the upcoming budget year.

Other items on the called meeting agenda include an amendment to the city's municipal code concerning tree removal of dead or dying trees in a timely manner when they create a hazard. Council will also consider moving additional funds to First Bank in Crossville, a contract for the urban and community forestry program and the purchase of a used tandem fifth wheel.

The regular monthly work session for the council is set to start at 5:15 PM.

Included in the meeting is a presentation by the Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System to explain new programs they have available that they did not have when Crossville left the program several years ago.

Members of Crossville city council: L-R
J.H. Graham, Danny Wyatt, Mayor James Mayberry
Pamala Harris and Scot Shanks.

Council will consider the Request for Proposals that have been received for a performing a special census in the city limits. The recommended proposal has most recently done a special census for the town of Farragut.

Councilman Danny Wyatt has several items on the agenda that he would like to discuss including forming a committee to consider changes to the city charter, the purchase of the remaining handle mill property next to the Art Circle Public Library and the establishment of a sports recruitment committee to bring in sporting events to Crossville and Cumberland County. Wyatt also plans to discuss an evaluation program for new city manager Greg Wood at the conclusion of his first 6 months in office at the start of September.

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Council member Pamala Harris has asked for a discussion of striping Main Street after TDOT advised they would not repave that portion of the road until 2020.

Other items for discussion include a number of grant programs including a PetSafe grant for dog park equipment, a Narcan grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield, an Agriculture enhancement grant for additional trees and an ordinance on extending city sewer to developed subdivisions outside the city limits.

Council will set an alternate date for the July work session as the regular date falls on Independence day. Council will conclude the work session with work on the new fiscal year budget.   

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