Council OKs plan for land purchase
by DAVID DAVIS, Managing Editor
Feb 28, 2013 | 758 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Cleveland City Council has approved funding the purchase of property on Georgetown Road for a new elementary school.

The action came in the municipal body’s formal session earlier this week.

The city will pay the $1.125 million cost to purchase about 20 acres just east of Candies Creek for the new school that could hold up to 700 students. The city will take the money from the General Fund.

Cleveland City Schools is expected to repay $723,000 from funds derived from the sales tax dispute between the city and Bradley County. The school will receive $150,000, maybe within the next 30 days. The rest of the installments will come in installments spread over 30 months beginning July 1.

Council members discussed having the school repay the remaining $402,000 from bonds issued by the school system or by Bradley County when Lake Forest Middle School is renovated.

The cost of the property is $825,000, plus $300,000 for site preparation. The Bank of Cleveland agreed to issue a letter of credit in the amount of $402,000 to the city to ensure the site work is completed.

A new elementary school carries an estimated price of about $15.1 million.

In other business, the Council approved the following consent agenda items:

- Final passage of Ordinance 2013-04: Wastewater rates pertaining to the financing of rehabilitation of the wastewater collection system. (P. 3-5).

- Final passage of Ordinance 2013-05 to abandon a portion of an unopened alley between Chambliss Avenue N.W. and North Ocoee Street north of 23rd Street.

- Final passage of Zoning

- Ordinance 2013-06 to correct a zoning map error by rezoning property abutting Morningside Drive N.E. and Pryor Road N.E. near Gale Drive from R1 (Single Family Residential) to R3 (High Density Single and Multi-family Residential).

- Final passage of a motion to deny Zoning Ordinance 2013-07 to rezone property at 432 Mason Road S.W. and 452 Mason Road S.W. from RA (Residential Agricultural) to CH (Commercial Highway).

- Final Passage of Ordinance 2013-08 to amend the City Code Title 7, Chapter 2 Section 7-210 pertaining to Life Safety Code.

- Accepted the bid of $19,714 from Cherokee Construction to renovate the Tinsley Park restroom.

- Accepted a bid of $11,899 from Southern Facility Sales & Service of Waterford, Conn., for approximately 2,500 square feet of vinyl bleacher covers and accessories for Tinsley Park.

- Approved a street light recommendation from Edley Moodley.

Under new business, Council members:

- Approved Ordinance 2013-09 to amend Municipal Code Title 9, Chapter 7, Sections 9-701 through 9-734 relating to TaxiCabs (p. 41-50).

- Approved Resolution 2013-14 to pursue a private act in preparation to amend the Charter of the City of Cleveland to allow the city to purchase insurance as an alternative to the charter's surety bond requirements for city officers and employees.

- Approved Resolution 2013-15 to revise the maximum rates, fees, and charges for taxicabs operating within the city and confirming insurance coverage limits required for taxicabs. The ordinance sets a flat rate of $8 per trip and removes the requirement for meters.

- Resolution 2013-16 to ask the governor and state legislature to voice their support to the International Olympic Committee to include wrestling competition in the Olympics.

- Approved Change Order No. 1 to LIC North, contingent upon County Commission approval. The change order would realign the road to impact fewer homes. The change increases the contract amount by $11,558.

The following items relative to the municipal Waterville Golf Course were moved from the consent agenda and placed under new business. The items were approved after discussion.

- Accepted a bid from Mid-Tenn Turf of Manchester for Hybrid Bermuda sod for Waterville Golf Course with a unit price of 28 cents per square feet for approximately 240,000 square feet for a total bid of $67,200.

- Accepted a bid from Mid-Tenn Turf of Manchester with a unit price for Tifdwarf sod installed of $1.03 per square feet for approximately 30,000 square feet for a total bid of $30,867.00.

- Accepted a bid for topsoil for the golf course from Ooltewah Nursery of Ooltewah with a price per tandem axle truckload of $430. This price is for approximately 200 truckloads which would be a total bid amount not to exceed $86,000.

In addition to the voting items, the Council discussed a letter from County Mayor D. Gary Davis terminating the Animal Control Contract effective June 30. Bradley County is exercising its option to terminate the Agreement for Animal Control Services effective the last day of June. Davis said he welcomes the opportunity to discuss options for entering into a new contract for animal control services that will be satisfactory to both parties.