City Council OKs annexation of 22nd Street property
by JOYANNA LOVE Banner Senior Staff Writer
Jul 15, 2014 | 810 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print

The Cleveland City Council approved an annexation and plan of service for 45 acres located on 22nd Street N.W. during a voting session Monday.

City Manager Janice Casteel said the annexation would create a “doughnut hole,” meaning that parts of the property could only be accessed through county property.

Casteel said the new annexation law requiring referendum or petition by the property owner will make this a common issue.

There was no public opposition to the annexation or plan of service voiced during the meeting Monday.

A sewer request from the Bradley County Farmers Market North was also discussed. City ordinance requires that any property owner requesting sewer service also request annexation.

“We cannot start a precedent with them because there have been others who have asked,” Casteel said.

“We’ve turned others down,” District 4 Councilman David May said.

City Mayor Tom Rowland said he would send a letter to Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis and Bradley County Commission Chairman Louie Alford letting them know they would need to apply for annexation of the area.

Also during the meeting:

- The Council discussed what action should be taken on a Highland Avenue residence that was cited for city code violations.

Codes Officer Criss Caywood said the person living there has begun cleaning up the property, but there is still a lot that needs to be done.

The resident was given one more week to complete the cleanup before further action is taken.

- The Council re-approved its prior commitment to fund a portion of the proposed Cleveland Bradley County State Veterans Home.

- The Council also approved applying for a Tennessee Municipal League Safety Grant. The grant would provide $4,000, half from the TML and half from a local match. Approval was also given for “a grant application through the State of Tennessee Office of Criminal Justice Programs for law enforcement equipment.”