The Crossville City Council met tonight for their regular monthly meeting. Here is the highlights from that meeting:
LIFESAVER AWARD PRESENTED TO FRANK VITALE
The Crossville City Council presented a Lifesaver Award to Frank Vitale. Back in July, 44-year-old Michael Paul Howard was involved in a motorcycle accident on North Main Street. Howard was ejected upon impact with a vehicle. He received severe injuries and was flown to Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga. Howard may not have survived if it weren’t for the quick thinking of Vitale, who rushed to the aid of Howard and used a belt as a tourniquet to help control the bleeding from Howard’s leg. Vitale also stayed with Howard and kept him calm and conscious until emergency personnel arrived at the scene.
SUICIDE PREVENTION AWARENESS MONTH PROCLAMATION
Crossville Mayor James Mayberry proclaimed September as Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. The proclamation states suicide is one of the most disruptive and tragic events a family and a community can experience with more than 1000 lives lost in Tennessee each year and an estimated 8 to 25 attempted suicides for each suicide death. Suicide is the ninth-leading cause of all deaths in Tennessee and the second-leading cause of death among people from the age of 10 to 24. Three lives a day are lost to suicide in Tennessee.
STUDENT OF THE MONTH HONORED
The Crossville City Council honored its September Student of the Month. Jackson Watts is in Kim Smith’s fifth grade classroom at Martin Elementary School. Jackson was nominated because his teacher “appreciates his efforts in the classroom. Jackson is cooperative with his classmates daily and sets a fine example for others.
The city council passed on third and final reading ordinances pertaining to the CDBG sewer rehab and a budget amendment regarding a grinder pump. The council passed on first reading an ordinance about rules of the road for the police department.
CONSENT ITEMS APPROVED
Several consent items appeared on the agenda for the city council. The following passed:
- Annexation and plan of services for Sweetgum Circle
- Sewer line extension along Cook Road from a homeowners request
- Transfer of retainage funds for the Holiday Hills Waterline Replacement Project
- Approval of employee health insurance renewal
- The application for a Public Entity Partners Driver Safety Grant
- Temporary street closing for the CCHS Homecoming Parade (Thursday, September 12, 2019 starting at 5:30 p.m.)
- Temporary street closings (Main Street from 5th Street to Stanley Street) for Boo on Main (October 31 from 4 to 9 p.m.)
- 2019-2020 lease of Catoosa Utility Department building
- Amendment of contract in lieu of performance bond for Crossville Sanitary Landfill
- Close out change order for asphalt and crack repair for basketball courts
- Close out change order for resurfacing of asphalt trails at Centennial Park
- A grant contract with TDOT for maintenance hangar repair designs for airport
- A contract for engineering services for maintenance hangar repairs
- A construction grant application for the airport maintenance building upgrades
The following bids met the approval of the council:
- A signal cabinet for the street department ($6,937)
- 2020 Dodge Police Charger ($22,963)
- A police K-9 ($14,000)
- Body armor for the SWAT Team ($2,302)
- Reimbursement to Veolia Water for maintenance expense overage ($17,127)
- 4×4 side by side utility vehicle
- Aerial photography purchase with Cumberland County E911
- Vehicle purchase for Crossville/Cumberland County Emergency Management Agency
- A projector for the Palace Theatre ($6,949)
DISCUSSION REGARDING INTERCHANGE BUSINESS PARK SITE PAD
In an effort to attract industrial companies to the city, the council approved reducing the asking price at the Interchange Business Park site pad from $100,000 to $40,000 per acre. It comes with requirements for a prospecting company including hiring 100 or more workers.
CITY MANAGER REPORT
City Manager Greg Wood covered several reports to the city council. Some included:
Sales tax collections in Crossville last month was the highest recorded for an August since fiscal year 2012/2013. The city took in $740,146. In wholesale beer tax for last month, the city collected $59,418. In hotel occupancy taxes, Crossville collected $19,788. So far this fiscal year, the city took in $84,787 in liquor taxes.
The Crossville Police Department released their latest monthly report. It states officers made 155 arrests in August, took 5 juveniles into custody and wrote 116 citations. Of the arrests noted, 18 were drug violations followed by 14 DUI arrests and 10 for public intoxication. Officers also responded to 118 accidents. Of that number, 11 involved injuries, 28 were without injury and 79 were minor in nature.