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NEWS FROM CROSSVILLE CITY COUNCIL MEETING HELD JANUARY 14, 2020

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The Crossville City Council met last night for their regular monthly meeting. Here are highlights from the meeting:

APPROVAL OF CONTRACT FOR REPAIR TO PALACE THEATRE

The city council approved on third and final reading a contract with Upland Design Group in the amount of $5,000 for the restoration of brick and stone to replace defective mortar. The contract also  calls for a water repellant coating for the brick and stone.

APPROVAL OF CITY EMPLOYEE WAGE COMPENSATION

The Crossville City Council approved on third and final reading of an ordinance to amend the 2019-202 budget regarding a budget wage compensation. Before the second reading was passed, Crossville Mayor James Mayberry made a motion to implement the plan in three steps rather than all at once. This means the city will initially put in $663,814 to start off then the rest later to bring up the pay for city employees up to a competitive pay rate. The ordinance also calls for the creation of the public works director position. The first step of the pay raise will be on the January 19, 2020 pay period. Step two would be implemented on July 1, 2020 and the final step in January 2021.

WATER LEAK RELIEF PLAN GOING INTO PLAY SOON FOR CROSSVILLE WATER CUSTOMERS

Effective February 1, 2020, all water and sewer customers in the city will be auto enrolled in the program that will provide coverage for water bills in the event of a leak.

City Manager Greg Wood told 105.7 News that customers could choose not to participate in the water leak relief but if they experience a leak, the bill will be solely the customers responsibility to pay.

For $1.65 per month, City of Crossville and Catoosa Utility District residential customers will have water leak protection on their water bills. Commercial rates will be $5 for single occupancy and $9.75 for multiple occupancy.

Water Leak Relief exists to ease the burden associated with water and sewer leaks. Water leak relief will pay the difference between a customer’s average monthly water bill, based on the last 12 months, and the qualifying water leak bill amount, up to the customer’s service limit amount. It also applies to sewer leak, water line breaks and sewer line breaks. The program works when water customers are auto enrolled into the Water Leak Relief and Sewer Leak Relief at the service limit. After an initial 30 day waiting period, all participating customers will have access to these services. Customers that do not wish to participate may call the Water Leak Relief hotline to opt out of the service. The city would make a monthly payment to Water Leak Relief based on the number of customers participating. When a water or sewer leak takes place, Water Leak Relief/Plateau Insurance will work with the city utility staff to obtain information to process the claim. Once the claim is processes, Water Leak Relief sends a check to the utility for the difference between the water customer’s average monthly bill and the qualifying leak bill amount, up to the customer’s service limit amount. The city would choose an administrative fee to be placed on water customers for the leak relief program. A customer with water leaks can file up to two claims in a two year period.

VEHICLE APPROVED FOR MEDICAL DIRECTOR

The Crossville City Council gave the go-ahead last night allow Dr. Mark Fox to drive a city vehicle while he serves as medical director. The vehicle that Dr. Fox will drive is a Tahoe that was used by the Crossville Fire Department equipped with lights, advanced medical and lifesaving equipment.

City Councilman J.H. Graham III made the motion to approve the request. Councilman Scot Shanks seconded the motion.

Councilman Rob Harrison said, “this is an enhancement of what the city offers for those in an immediate medical emergency.” Garrison added he supported the motion contingent on a vehicle users agreement and insurance being worked out.

Crossville Mayor James Mayberry voiced his concerns about liability issues with allowing an independent contractor using a city vehicle. “If he gets into an accident, we can be sued along with him,” said Mayor Mayberry. “The city has already committed to nearly a million dollars to get the wage compensation for city employees up to where it needs to be. We will have more expenditures by the end of the budget year. We have to be great stewards of the finances for the public and there is a risk with approving this.”

Councilman Scot Shanks said, “The medical director (Dr. Fox) is willing to give his time to serve the City of Crossville. I am in favor for allowing him to use a city vehicle. This can help save lives.”

“Sometimes we have to make decisions that are not based on finances,” said Councilman Graham. “I’d like to try this for six months subject to all local, state and federal laws.”

Not only is Dr. Fox the medical director but he is also a volunteer fireman.

The vote for allowing Dr. Fox to use the city vehicle was 4 to 1 with Mayor Mayberry being the only no vote.

PURCHASES APPROVED

The city council approved the purchase of a vehicle for the Crossville/Cumberland County Emergency Management in the amount of $30,238. This is for a 2020 Ford F-150 crew cab 4 wheel drive.

The city council also approved the purchase of 18 rescue helmets with reflective kits for the Crossville Fire Department at a cost of $4,815.

The city council gave the go-ahead to purchase a beacon light for the Crossville Memorial Airport.

CITY MANAGERS REPORT

The Crossville Police Department released their latest monthly report to the city manager. It states officers made 130 arrests in December 2019 and wrote 130 citations. Of the arrests noted, 25 were drug related followed by theft from vehicles, shoplifting, domestic assaults and vandalism. The number of juvenile arrests continues to climb with 10 on charges of assault, runaways and drug violations. Crossville police also responded to 77 accidents last month.

Sales tax collections in Crossville last month was the highest recorded for a December since fiscal year 2012/2013. That is according to the city manager’s report. The city took in $707,618. In wholesale beer tax for last month, the city collected $49,788. In liquor taxes, the city saw just under $40,000. In hotel occupancy taxes, the city collected $12,637.

OTHER ITEMS

The city council approved a resolution approving annexation and plan of service for a portion of Wilson Lane and a contract renewal with Municipal Services Bureau for collections of overdue fines for the police department.

The city council also approved temporary street closings dates for the Crossville Cruisers, the 19th Amendment Centennial Celebration Parade (two block parade) in April and Friday at the Crossroads.

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