County approves LFMS bond issue

By BRIAN GRAVES Staff Writer
Posted 10/3/17

The Bradley County Commission gave its unanimous approval Monday night to the $15.6 million bond issue which will pay for the construction of the new Lake Forest Middle School.

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The Bradley County Commission gave its unanimous approval Monday night to the $15.6 million bond issue which will pay for the construction of the new Lake Forest Middle School.

Lake Forest Principal Ritchie Stevenson said construction has been going well.

“Because of the rainy season, it put them about eight weeks behind,” Stevenson said. “That is now down to four weeks.”

He said contactors now believe the new building will be under roof by Christmas and the blocks will start being laid as early as next week.

Commissioners also gave approval to accept Turkey Hill Lane into the county road system and change the name of Eldridge Drive to Eldridge Court.

Vice Chairman Jeff Yarber, who represents the 4th District, expressed his concerns about plans to relocate residents of the downtown Summit complex to Smith Drive in his district.

“There is not much space and the traffic is bad in the mornings with Bradley Central traffic,” Yarber said.

He said the city has been asked to explore other options, “but I believe it’s a done deal.”

“Commissioner [Bobby] Goins and I have been trying to find a resolution working with the city,” Yarber said.

In a related matter, Commissioner Milan Blake said he has spoken to MainStreet Cleveland which is helping to purchase the Summit.

“I have been assured the $20,000 they get from the county is going to their general fund and not toward that purchase,” Blake said.

“That doesn’t mean they aren’t allocating a portion of that to Smith Drive,” replied Commissioner Thomas Crye.

Commissioner Mark Hall asked the governing body to consider adding a 40-bed veterans wing to Bradley Healthcare.

“I think we have the land we could utilize, but this is in the preliminary stages and I am asking to sit in on their next board meeting,” Hall said.

Commissioner Dan Rawls asked the commission to add to its work session next week consideration of repairing a roof issue at the SPCA “we have had for a while.”

He said the estimate for the repair “is extremely viable” at $1,500, noting other estimates were in the $20,000 range.

“This gentleman said he would add some extra stuff for free,” Rawls said noting the gentleman expressed his admiration for the staff and work of the SPCA.

Crye brought up the issue of a cable which has been left hanging very low over some citizens’ property on Candies Creek Ridge Road.

“They have called Charter weeks ago and gotten no response,” Crye said. “It makes it hazardous to move equipment under it. It comes to about one inch above my shoulder. They have a responsibility to maintain their lines.”

Monday night’s business was conducted at the Bradley Central High School library due to the fire and smoke damage at the Bradley County Courthouse.

Commissioners will use that same facility again when they meet next Monday at noon for a work session.

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