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CITY COUNCIL DECIDES TO LET TDOT PAVE MAIN STREET

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The Crossville City Council made a decision about the downtown sidewalk project at a special-called meeting Thursday. City Manager Greg Wood recommended that the city should prepare the sidewalks, conduit, lights and bump outs before the Tennessee Dept. of Transportation comes in to pave Main St. Sidewalks in the downtown area have deteriorated badly over the last few years and also need to be brought up to ADA standards. Wood and City Engineer Tim Begley estimate the cost to be around $1 million. City Mayor James Mayberry told the council that according to marketing experts The Austin Group, the downtown area is vital to the community. But Council Member Pamela Harris asked if residents were ready for a 9 to 10 cent tax hike to do it. Council Member Danny Wyatt commented that the city take it to the voters and do a referendum to which Mayor Mayberry said, “How long has this been kicked around?” A motion was made and failed in favor of Wood’s recommendation. After talk returned to the city just working on street corners, and that council members had received so many calls about the condition of Main St, Wyatt made a motion to have the city manager negotiate with TDOT to go ahead and pave the street beforehand. Begley said that TDOT would repair most of the corners and make them ADA compliant but they would not extend into building entrances. The motion passed 4-1.